Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Detroit: Building on the city's creative momentum

Oct. 23, 2012, 5:50 p.m., Posted by Dennis Scholl

Seven of Detroit's cultural institutions will receive support from Knight Foundation as part of its newly announced $19.25 investment in the city's cultural community.

I’m in Detroit tonight, excited to announce $19.25 million in support for the local arts. Since we started funding cultural projects in the city three years ago, we’ve been impressed by how artists, creatives and entrepreneurs are driving the future of the city. We want to amplify that, and bring new energy to the community.

As you’ll see below, Knight is investing in seven institutions that, despite recent economic challenges, continue to innovate and pursue forward thinking strategies for engaging audiences.

Those investments are only the beginning, though. We’re also excited to bring the Knight Arts Challenge to Detroit. Starting in March, we’ll be asking everybody, and we mean everybody, for their innovative ideas for engaging and enriching Detroit through the arts.

Find out more in today’s news release, below.

And Detroit, get ready to give us your best ideas in the arts.

Macon embraces digital opportunity campaign

Oct. 23, 2012, 10:30 a.m., Posted by Beverly Blake

Cox Communications and Knight Foundation recently announced that Macon/Bibb County will participant in the 60 day expanded pilot for Connect2Compete. The pilot is a national collaboration to provide low cost Internet service, $150 computers and digital training for qualifying families with students in the Bibb County Public Schools. Although I expected the announcement would be well received, I did not expect the level of support that emerged from our community.

The Superintendent and School Board unanimously welcomed the effort and community members sent emails saying how pleased they are that Macon had been chosen for the expanded pilot. The level of support surprised me, because frankly I didn’t realize how much everyone truly understands the power of the Internet. Having the access to and knowledge of how to use a computer is critical for low-wealth families in the 21st century.

Connect2Compete is a bold experiment with a lot of moving parts. It is a national effort that can only be successful if implemented with care and commitment on the local level. It’s complex because it involves government (national and local), school systems, for profit cable companies, foundations, and non-profits. And because no matter how grand the idea, if it is not nurtured locally, success will not follow.  

Discussing the future of our cities

Oct. 22, 2012, 12:06 p.m., Posted by Jenna Buehler

Thinkers, innovators and citizens from around the world are convening today to discuss the future of urban areas as part of On Cities. A virtual gathering, the event is hosted by Knight Center for International Media and the University of Miami’s School of Communication.  

On Cities uses media to engage individuals and institutions around the world in better understanding urban challenges and sharing inspiring stories of urban innovation across borders. You can watch the event live today starting at 3 p.m ET or follow along via Twitter with the hashtag #oncities.

"Cities are changing very quickly and though it’s not something people think about often, it affects us all,” says UM School of Communication Prof. Sanjeev Chatterjee, the event’s organizer in its press release. “The goal of On Cities is to encourage people to really look at their city, think about what the present and emerging challenges are, what we can learn from the past, and what the visions for the future are.”

On Cities discussions will feature a visual meditation on cities past, present and future and international figures from the fields of architecture, urban design, technology and healthcare will share insight. Partners include Nightly Business Report, University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement and School of Architecture.