To create the Cultural Opportunity Fund, to provide community-based arts organizations the opportunity to present programming in a new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
To establish the Springboard Fund, to support the creation of a series of toolkits that will enable communities to support artists and to develop a network of artist-supportive programs across Knight's resident communities.
To create the Knight Foundation Digital Media Innovation Fund, to support Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society's digital experimentation with audience engagement.
To create the TU Dance Fund, to support the diversification of the dance community in St. Paul by expanding TU Dance's capacity to cultivate donors and increase programming.
To create the Strategic Growth Fund, enabling Penumbra Theatre, the largest African-American theater company in the nation, to engage new audiences with exceptional contemporary theater.
To launch St. Paul's cultural season with a live outdoor simulcast of Minnesota Opera's season-opening performances in Landmark Plaza.
To develop a chamber version of the critically-acclaimed opera, Dead Man Walking
To sponsor the fourth annual world-premiere screening of new films, scheduled for Oct. 23, 2012 at Open Book in Minneapolis
To support a performance collaboration between the American Composers Forum and the Cherry Spoon Collective, a new multi-generational, multi-instrumental group of over 30 local musician-composers
To support the Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival, a free music event held in Mears Park that opens the downtown St. Paul performing arts season in 2012 and 2013
To work with museum innovator, Nina Simon, author of Museum 2.0 on the future direction of the MMAA and its relationship to the St. Paul community in its new home at the Pioneer Building
To increase awareness and appreciation of African American music and culture through support of the WITNESS program in St. Paul schools