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    A burst of new painting from Glexis Novoa

    Oct. 17, 2014, 6:44 p.m., Posted by Anne Tschida

    "Se Vende" 2014 from Glexis Novoa. Glexis Novoa is one of Miami’s more prominent and well-known artists. His black-and-white graphite constructs of a utopian metropolis gone wrong – cold, otherworldy, bereft of emotion – often site-specific to gallery and museum walls, have become part of the...

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    What Knight Foundation funding opportunities are open now?

    Oct. 17, 2014, 4:51 p.m., Posted by Andrew Sherry

    This post has been updated. 

    Knight Foundation uses challenges to find great ideas across its program areas. In addition, a few opportunities are available year round. Here are the opportunities open now:

    • If you have a news or information idea you want to develop and test, the Knight Prototype Fund may be for you. This Media Innovation initiative provides $35,000 to turn ideas into prototypes. There are several cohorts of winners each year; the most recent winners can be seen here. The next application deadline will be in early 2015. Follow #PrototypeFund on Twitter for more.

    • If you have a new idea to make one of the 26 Knight communities more successful, the Knight Cities Challenge is an option. The current round closed Nov. 14. The challenge is a new program from Community and National Initiatives, and winners will share $5 million. The initial application is simple, and reviewers will look for innovative ideas that can help our communities attract and retain talented people, create economic opportunity, or foster a culture of civic engagement. Finalists will be announced in January 2015, and winners in the spring. The second round of the challenge will open later in 2015. #KnightCities

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    Nonprofit focuses on creating vibrant street life in San Jose, Calif.

    Oct. 17, 2014, 1:52 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

    Knight Foundation recently announced $150,000 in support for the San Jose Downtown Association to improve public life in the urban core as the city experiences substantial growth.

    The San Jose Downtown Association plans to use community events and public space improvements to create a better experience for people downtown. Watch the video for more details.

    This support is one element of the foundation’s efforts to expand opportunities in San Jose, while helping to attract and retain talented people. San Jose is one of 26 Knight communities, places where Knight’s founders, brothers John S. and James L. Knight, once owned newspapers.

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