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Emerging City Champions

To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.

Knight American Artists Fellowship Fund

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.

Parking Lot Diaries

Creating a living civic engagement lab in an underused area next to the Transit Center that tests and tracks temporary interventions and activities designed to add vibrancy to the area; the project will contribute to the city’s Town Branch Commons plan.

Phoenix Forward

Transforming Phoenix Park and Central Library into a place where children and families from diverse backgrounds can learn and play together; the project would involve complementary park and library programming and activities for families.

Open Cities conference

To support talent retention and attraction by funding Lexington city leaders to attend the Open Cities Conference which allows civic innovators to reimagine the future of their cities.

Lexington DDA + Gehl Architects

To support economic opportunity and integration by funding Gehl Architects to develop a public space/public life survey in Downtown Lexington, improving the quality of public space infrastructure for all residents of different socio-economic income.

Walk [Your City] - San Jose and Lexington

To support the development of a DIY walkability toolkit and the testing of that toolkit as an onramp for civic engagement through a series of wayfinding campaigns in two Knight communities.

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