Knight Blog

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

The power of poetry

July 14, 2011, 5:14 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad Schimel

The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) has been helping the youth of Philadelphia discover the power of their voices through spoken word & literary expression since 2006. This week CNN profiled the Knight Arts grantee, following the story of  19-year-old Alana Gooden, who credits PYPM with saving her life: “If PYPM didn’t exist, Gooden said she and her fellow members might not be where there are right now. ‘We wouldn’t be performing, we wouldn’t be promoting positive change, we would be out there with them downtown, flash mobbing, running around, fighting, cursing, getting arrested, shooting, dying,’ she said.”

Deliberative Democracy to help Akron residents build community engagement

July 14, 2011, 3:08 p.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

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Akron's Community Learning Centers will be transformed into spaces for engagement with a recently announced Knight Foundation grant to the Akron Neighborhood Trust.  The $674,000 grant will train residents in a process called Deliberative Democracy, which will allow them to plan and implement needed services at the centers with input from many voices in the community.

We’re proud to take part in this effort to transform the community, and hope the news will spread quickly.

So far, the story has been picked up by the Akron Beacon Journal, which explained the initiative, saying, “Over the next three years, residents will set priorities and design action plans for programming and services to be offered in the Community Learning Center.”

Crystal Jones, who co-manages The Akron Neighborhood Trust with Susan Vogelsang, shared our excitement about the award, saying...

Arts thrive in Charlotte with support from ASC and Knight Foundation

July 14, 2011, 9:38 a.m., Posted by Susan Patterson

This week’s story in The Charlotte Observer was welcome news to arts lovers and supporters in the community.  After a couple of really challenging years for both established and emerging arts organizations, this year's Arts and Science Council (ASC) stable support is greatly appreciated.

“The ASC will give $7.6 million to more than 60 cultural organizations during the budget year that starts this month,” wrote The Charlotte Observer.  “Most of the 25 groups that get the bulk of the money will receive the same amount they did last year - a welcome change after two years of squeezes.”