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

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    Miami art scene: open season

    Sept. 5, 2014, 7:53 p.m., Posted by Anne Tschida

    Photo from Rafael Diaz, in "Anonymous" at Dina Mitrani Gallery. Labor Day is a distant memory, the season is starting, and not slowly. There are openings all weekend, at both museums and galleries. So starting up north, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison...

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    Partnering to rebuild Akron, Ohio, one block at a time

    Sept. 5, 2014, 1:26 p.m., Posted by Jason Segedy

    Photo of Main Street in Akron, Ohio by Flickr user Kevin T. Quinn. 

    Jason Segedy is director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. Akron is one of 26 Knight communities and the birthplace of Knight Foundation.

    Akron is a city with a storied past and a bright future. It’s a city navigating its way through a decades-long transition from an industrial economy to a prosperous future. 

    It was the fastest-growing city in the United States between 1910 and 1920, growing with the automobile and rubber and tire industries. But since the mid-’70s, we have seen heavy industry leave our city, and have lost 31 percent of our population. 

    The transition has been difficult, but we have many assets to build upon: strong civic leadership, a solid history of public, private and philanthropic partnerships; and a legacy of solid, well-planned neighborhoods. However, many of the houses and commercial buildings that were built during our boom years turn 100 this decade. Many of our oldest structures are increasingly blighted, vacant or abandoned.

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    Artist Profile: Micheal E. Burdick

    Sept. 5, 2014, 9:32 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    Work by Michael Eugene Burdick. Image courtesy of the artist. Rosie Sharp: Can you give me some bio info and background on your development as an artist? Are you self-trained, or did you study somewhere? Were you always a painter, or have you worked in other...

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