Advancing local engagement and strengthening community connection to untapped library collections and new work from local artists by introducing subscribers to librarian-curated digital content on a monthly basis.
Exploring ways libraries can support preservation and long-term access to open civic data through community information portals such as OpenDataPhilly.
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.
Launching book clubs in 20 Philadelphia neighborhoods for residents to study co-ops and then form their own cooperative businesses.
Building cultural bridges to Philadelphia’s immigrant communities with cooking classes celebrating ethnic food operated by chefs from Reading Terminal Market.
Increasing economic opportunity by using hip-hop to provide hands-on business training to members of low-income groups.
Breaking down community barriers with The Little Music Studio, a traveling playground for musicians.
To strengthen a culture of civic engagement in three Knight communities by supporting nonpartisan workshops that surface new nonpartisan projects intended to make the voting experience more joyful.
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To promote audience engagement on new platforms by supporting Billy Penn, a local news service for mobile, to create an evolving, interactive real-time guide about experiments with mobile news.
To support a new, research-based approach to engaging audiences for Opera Philadelphia through Festival O - a 12-day opera event that aims to turn Philadelphia into an urban stage for opera presentation, featuring world-class performers, world premieres and classic repertoire, multiple venues and genre-defying collaborations.
To help Philadelphia retain talented 25-34 year-olds who may leave the city due to a perceived lack of quality public schools by supporting The Fund's rebranding efforts, which includes promoting stories of excellence in public school education.