To support the Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival, a free music event that opens the downtown St. Paul performing arts season in September
To introduce donors to funding news coverage at the high-quality MinnPost.com
To support ArtPlace, a creative place-making initiative that uses investments in the arts and other creative assets to shape the social, physical and economic character of cities, towns and communities across the U.S.
Knight Foundation invests in community success by creating a system that finds, nurtures and replicates civic innovations built on robust civic engagement. In St. Paul, a market the Knight brothers entered thanks to the merger with Ridder Newspapers in 1974, we are focusing our efforts on the Central Corridor neighborhoods surrounding the $1 billion investment in light rail that connects with Minneapolis.
Knight Foundation has been a key participant in the groundbreaking Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The collaborative has been instrumental in creating a regional and national model for leveraging major transit investments to create “corridors of opportunity” for residents and small businesses.
We focus our investments at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place. We hope to balance attracting new residents to the corridor and creating livelier neighborhoods, while encouraging new opportunities for current residents and small business owners.
We are working toward a Central Corridor that boasts thriving business districts that celebrate culture and local diversity, anchor institutions that buy locally and expand opportunity, and mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods that are accessible by multiple forms of transit and are safe and welcoming to all.
We invest in civic innovation at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place to enable our communities to succeed.
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St. Paul Community Advisory Committee
• Scott Burns (chair)
• Sharon Belton
• Maykao Hang
• Matt Kramer
• Alberto Montserrate