Knight Blog

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

YoungArts returns to Miami

Jan. 12, 2012, 1:48 p.m., Posted by Neil de la Flor


The following is cross-posted from

If you want to see the future of the arts in America, YoungArts Week will give you a glimpse into that future. This year, 152 of America’s brightest young artists from the visual, literary and performing arts are participating during YoungArts Week. And, it’s all taking place in Miami.

During this week-long event, these talented artists will partake in high-energy craft workshops, master classes with internationally recognized artists in their field and perform and/or exhibit their work. The top young artist in each field will receive a $10,000 award during a gala headlined by Robert Redford, Doug Aitken and Robert L. Lynch at the Gusman Center in downtown Miami.

The new mobile giver and the story behind millions in donations by text for Haiti

Jan. 12, 2012, 5:36 a.m., Posted by Lee Rainie


By Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

A new kind of charitable giver is emerging in the mobile age. 

A report underwritten by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has found that this donor is younger and more likely to be African-American or Latino than traditional donors. Moreover, new donors often use their mobile phones to make contributions through text messaging that is inspired by moving and sometimes distressing stories about people in crisis.

These findings have important implications for non-profits and philanthropies that depend on fundraising and the report particularly highlights how text giving is a spontaneous act, done on the spur of the moment and without a lot of background research on the organization to which the contribution is being made. 

The Wall: "a cutting-edge tool for civil debate"

Jan. 11, 2012, 2:45 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

This fall, as a way to encourage dialogue about the most critical issues facing Florida and the nation, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida launched an interactive civil debate wall.

Known as “The Wall," the series of interconnected touch-screen panels allow students to share ideas and present solutions to pressing civic questions. 

The photo gallery below shows the wall in action.