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Twin Cities Jazz Festival

To increase audiences for jazz by expanding the outdoor stages in Lowertown for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Unify University!

To celebrate cultural unity by commissioning artists to build giant street puppets for the Unify University Community Parade.

Walker West Music Academy

To bring jazz music back to Selby Avenue through a monthly free concert series at Walker West's new music center.

Wonderlust Productions

To tell the stories of the state Capitol through a site-specific play generated by the politicians, staffers, reporters and other people who bring the place to life each day.

WorkHorse Coffee Bar

To engage the commuting public through an intimate streetscape gallery in a vintage fire-hose cabinet near the new Green Line.


To unite the aural and oral experiences of audiences through musical works that accompany particular dishes created by five St. Paul chefs at events in Studio Z in downtown St. Paul.

Journalism + Design

To pilot Journalism + Design, a new bachelor's degree and minor, at The New School that will teach journalism through a design methodology and mindset.


To expose media and civic organizations to Stanford University's's human-centered design methods and tools, developing transformational leaders who can advance their field.

WLRN Human-Centered Design

To support WLRN's use of human-centered design methods to improve its journalism, through staff training and a design engagement with MAYA Design.

2015 Eastern Market District Plan

To complete a planning process with longstanding and new stakeholders, to leverage and build upon infrastructure improvements of Detroit's central open-air market - ultimately improving Detroit's core city vibrancy.

Digitally-trained minority journalists

To support journalism excellence and diversity in newsrooms by creating the Knight-CUNY internships, a paid summer internship program for minority students to build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent, digitally-trained minority journalists.

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