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

  • eMerge Americas tech and innovation event returns to showcase Miami’s entrepreneurial spirit

    Dec. 16, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Xavier Gonzalez

    Xavier Gonzalez is executive director of eMerge Americas, the movement behind a technology event hosted by the Technology Foundation of the Americas, that is scheduled for May 1-5 across South Florida. Knight Foundation is a founding funder of the event. 

    In 2012, Knight Foundation widened its work in Miami to focus on entrepreneurs. eMerge Americas, which was a budding idea from Manuel D. Medina, chairman and CEO of Medina Capital, had a similar hope: to make Miami a center for innovation and technology. In 2014 those overlapping visions assembled a thriving community of entrepreneurs and disruptors at the first eMerge Americas event in May.

    Now, Knight and eMerge Americas are embarking on a three-year partnership to grow this vision into a movement that draws international attention to Miami. The 2014 gathering set the bar for what a movement could accomplish: 6,000 attendees, 400 participating companies, 150 speakers, and 115 startups showcased.

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    For the Love of black theater

    Dec. 15, 2014, 8:22 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Quentin Talley, OnQ Productions Recently, OnQ wrapped up its first production of the season, For The Love of Harlem, to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. This original musical, written by Jermaine Nakia Lee with musical direction by Tyrone Jefferson & A Sign of The Times of the...

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    Knight Arts Challenge winner from Opa-locka elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

    Dec. 15, 2014, 7:43 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Aileen Alon, OLCDC Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Aileen Alon as a member of their national advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC). Alon will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing...

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