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    Arts

    The art of technology—and vice versa

    Sept. 24, 2014, 9:44 a.m., Posted by Fernando González

    When art and technology meet, the collision is bound to create sparks of inspiration. That’s what happened during the Art Hackathon, which took place Sept. 20-21 in Miami.

    The hackathon was a collaboration of The LAB Miami and The YoungArts Foundation with the support of the Knight Arts Challenge, which The LAB won in 2012. About eight teams worked over two days at YoungArt’s Biscayne Boulevard headquarters focusing on creating apps to make it easier to discover, interact with, or enjoy art.

    There were practical apps with an educational bent, such as the winning project MIArt by the team comprised of Brian Garbarz, Augusto Peña and Claudio Romano; but there was also playful approaches such as Art Dare You—a game app inspired by both “Truth or Dare” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”—by the team of Isabela Dos Santos, Katherine Martin and Robert Hellestrae, which was the first runner-up.

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    Arts

    Collaborative mural project brings public art to Akron suburb

    Sept. 24, 2014, 9:34 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    The call went out, and the responses rolled in. In July, Akron Area Arts Alliance (a Knight arts grantee) announced a Juried Mural Competition for a public art project to decorate the wall of Akron Design & Costume, a local masquerade and year-round costume shop. In doing so, the AAA...

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    Communities

    Miami-Dade joins Code for America Fellowship Program

    Sept. 23, 2014, 7 p.m., Posted by Luke Norris

    Luke Norris is director of government relations for Code for America, which Knight Foundation supports to build informed and engaged communities. Below, he writes about Miami-Dade County joining the Code for America Fellowship Program with Knight support. Photo: The 2014 class of Code for America Fellows, via Flickr.  

    We’re excited to welcome Miami-Dade County as a partner for the 2015 Code for America Fellowship Program thanks to the support of Knight Foundation.

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    "Miami to welcome first Code for America Fellows in Florida" - Press release (09/23/14)

    The Code for America Fellowship program pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic-minded technologists for one year. The governments and fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications and testing the results. Over the past four years, the fellowship program has produced more than 55 Web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 fellows.

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