Posted by Chris Barr and Nina Zenni
The next Knight News Challenge will open for ideas on Sept. 8 with this question:
How might we make data work for individuals and communities?
In an increasingly data-rich world, we have ...
Sept. 21, 2014, 5:49 p.m., Posted by Katy Locker
A projection shines upon the Detroit Public Library during Dlectricity 2012. Photo by the Kresge Foundation on Flickr.
This is a big week in Detroit and a great week for several Knight Foundation-sponsored events. It is a week to celebrate the creative and innovative elements of Detroit’s growth and revitalization—and to have fun.
The Detroit Design Festival returns for its fourth year, beginning with a kick-off party on Tuesday evening and closing with Light Up Livernois on Sunday. The festival is a celebration of Detroit’s role as a global center of design and creativity, with over 500 designers, 25,000 attendees and 30 “Design Happenings.” One of the great parts of the Detroit Design Festival is its mix of national and “big” events and ideas with locally inspired happenings. My favorite part is always Eastern Market After Dark (presented Thursday night). Expect 20-plus studios, shops and design happenings in Detroit’s historic and eclectic Eastern Market district. The entire schedule can be found here.
This year, the Detroit Design Festival coordinated with the organizers of Dlectricity, a two-night festival of art + light. Thirty-five international, national and local artists will illuminate the Woodward Corridor Friday and Saturday nights, from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with cutting-edge installations of light, video, performance, interactive engineering and other unexpected works of art. Dlectricity was an inaugural winner last year of Knight Arts Challenge Detroit. Two years ago, despite the rain, these were two of the most magical nights I’ve ever seen in Detroit. And Dlectricity mixes big and small, national and local too. As Detroit builds its momentum as a bike city, the Saturday night Dlectricity Light Bike Parade will rival Detroit’s own Slow Roll. The schedule for Dlectricity can be found here.
Sept. 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m., Posted by Dennis Scholl
We found a real hunger for arts and culture in the city. People craved it. But we also found some gaps: African-Americans and young people in particular were having trouble finding programming that spoke to them.
"Akron arts community receives $6 million boost from Knight Foundation" -- Press Release (09/21)
I was impressed by how the arts community turned the information into an opportunity. They met, began to talk about what culture meant to them and the broader community, to look at strengths, opportunities and a way forward.
To us at Knight, it was a great sign that Akron as a community was sitting down to reshape its cultural identity.
Knight Foundation wants to play its part in helping Akron shape its new vibrant cultural community. So today we’re excited to announce $6 million in new investments in the arts in Akron, funding we hope will build on this momentum.
Sept. 20, 2014, 8:42 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad
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