To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To create a sustainable future through the formation of an operations endowment for United States Artists, an organization that awards unrestricted fellowships to American artists, that will enable staff to spend time on programming, analytics and raising additional capital to expand the fellowships instead of raising money for annual operations.
To model on the successful College Hill Corridor planning process, the project will create a master plan and a new approach to downtown revitalization, bringing together diverse stakeholders, property owners, and agencies around a common vision and working strategy.
Our work in Macon focuses in three areas:
1) Supporting neighborhood renewal in Macon’s urban core by attracting, retaining and engaging talented people. Our ongoing work in the Beall’s Hill neighborhood and the College Hill Corridor shows that vibrant and diverse neighborhoods are a key to economic development. Knight helps our neighborhood partners build a sense of place, belonging and pride.
2) Supporting an informed, engaged community. Knight’s partnership in Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism trains journalists, while focusing on important community issues and engaging residents in problem-solving. An effective civic conversation requires timely, accurate and actionable information as well as the best, increasingly digital, tools of participation. We will continue to support information exchange, whether by neighbors, businesses, nonprofits, universities or government.
3) Supporting the efforts to build a creative economy. Macon has a strong music heritage, and a wealth of arts and artists for whom we want Macon to remain home base. However, creativity is not just for our artists; it’s for all. Knight supports creative approaches to building a 21st century economy, whether through innovation, artistic expression or entrepreneurship
If you’re interested in our arts program, learn more about our arts strategy.
We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.
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Macon Community Advisory Committee
• Charles Olson
• Lynn Murphey
• George McCanless
• Monica Smith