Knight Blog

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

ArtPlace announces 104 finalists for creative placemaking grants

Jan. 15, 2013, 9:29 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad Schimel


Congratulations to ArtPlace’s 104 finalists for 2012-13 creative placemaking grants.

The finalists represent 72 communities in 33 states, including the Knight resident communities of Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, St. Paul, Philadelphia and San Jose.

The finalists were selected based on their potential to transform communities, art and culture. The 104 named today were chosen from 1,225 letters of inquiry from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks.


Opportunities for funding: Knight Foundation’s open challenges

Jan. 15, 2013, 2:05 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Above: Shaka Senghor, a member of BMe's Local Engagement Team

This spring, Knight Foundation will be running several open challenges across a variety of program areas.  Here is an update on each of them.

Knight Arts Challenge: Seeks the best ideas that enrich and engage communities through the arts. The challenge is currently operating in:

  • Detroit: The first year of the contest will be open for applications March 25 - April 22.

The Knight News Challenge: Accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners of the News Challenge: Mobile will be announced Jan. 17. The first challenge of 2013 will focus on tools for open government and will open in February (you can follow the hashtag #newschallenge for updates).

*Update: The next Knight News Challenge will open Feb. 12 and close March 18* Find out more.

Endeavor will help build network of Miami entrepreneurs

Jan. 15, 2013, 8:28 a.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

Despite a high rate of entrepreneurial activity across Miami, it remains difficult for doers and innovators to build their ideas here. It is harder than it should be for people launching new ventures to connect with others, find mentorship opportunities and obtain quality support services.   

To address this challenge, today we’re announcing a $2 million investment over five years to launch Endeavor Miami.

Endeavor is a non-profit organization that for nearly 15 years has built vibrant, connected, self-sustaining communities of entrepreneurship and innovation. First started in Latin America, Endeavor now operates in 15 countries around the world.

Miami will be Endeavor’s first outpost in the U.S.

To be clear, Endeavor does not invest in companies. Instead of providing venture capital, it provides what one writer called “mentor capital.”

What Endeavor does is go to a city, identify the best high-impact entrepreneurs, connect them with proven local business leaders as mentors and integrate them within its broader global network. Importantly, in each city, the non-profit tells the stories of its entrepreneurs in a bid to create role models who serve as catalysts for the broader public.