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.
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 create the Knight Foundation Digital Media Innovation Fund, to support Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society's digital experimentation with audience engagement.
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 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 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 support a sustainability initiative for the Arts Incubator Program, providing fiscal sponsorship, pro bono legal services, fundraising support and organizational development assistance to artist-led non-profit projects
To support NextNotes High School Composition Awards - the first national mentoring and music composition awards program designed to encourage and recognize the creativity of high school age composers.
To launch St. Paul's cultural season with a live outdoor simulcast of Minnesota Opera's season-opening performances in Landmark Plaza.
To record and distribute the Minnesota Opera's production of Bernard Herrmann's opera Wuthering Heights in movie theaters worldwide
To bring Springboard for the Arts' Community Supported Art program to Knight Foundation's eight communities over the next two years, inspiring local art movements
To create an extensive digital database of concerts on the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) website and thereby greatly increase free online access to locally-produced classical music