Posted by Nicole Chipi
Zoetic Stage (above). Photo by Justin Namon.
Today, we’re excited to share the finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge, 73 ideas culled from 1,000 plus submissions from as far north as West Palm Beach and as far south as Key West.
The list below is packed with great ...
Aug. 5, 2014, 8 a.m., Posted by Roger Riddle
Above: The Blind Boys of Alabama performing in Macon at Bragg Jam. Credit: Molly McWilliams.
For 15 years, summer in Macon has been synonymous with Bragg Jam, a music festival that uses multiple stages and venues to celebrate the lives of two local musicians, Brax and Tate Bragg. A tragic car accident in 1999 took the lives of the Bragg brothers and left a hole in Macon’s music scene that friends and fellow musicians believed could only be filled by playing music in their honor. Each year they gathered to remember and share songs, and each year the festival grew. Now Bragg Jam brings roughly 5,000 people to the concert-crawl style festival to enjoy a day filled with music and fun.
A recent two-year, $30,000 grant from Knight Foundation helped push Bragg Jam into the ranks of larger music festivals that are able to draw more recognizable acts. The six-time Grammy Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama became a viable option; in previous years the musicians would have been out of reach.
Knight support enabled organizers “to bring a noteworthy performer with national recognition who aligned with a broader demographic,” said Bragg Jam Entertainment Chair Sean Pritchard, about the most recent festival held late last month.
Aug. 5, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson
Above: JusticeHack group member Renita Holmes pitched her idea "Know your rights, show your rights," proposing the construction of a place where community members have access to resources on property ownership. Photos by Carolina Wilson.
What does it mean to “hack justice”? Community members gathered at The LAB Miami in Wynwood this past weekend for JusticeHack, a two-day workshop inviting activists, entrepreneurs and others to demand ownership and control of pressing local social justice issues.
“Let’s get in the spirit of creativity,” Chris Sopher, founder of local nonprofit WhereBy.us and Knight Foundation journalism program associate, said as he welcomed the crowd.
According to Sopher, the goals of the event were simple: to engage in conversation, identify local social justice issues and work on viable and creative solutions. Community voices—such as taxi drivers, youth of color and nursery workers—were invited to share stories of injustice and inspire those present to propose remedies.
Aug. 4, 2014, 10:28 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad
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