Knight Arts Challenge


Knight Arts Challenge Detroit
Credit: Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts.

The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is now closed. Thank you for all your ideas. Finalists will be announced in the fall.

You’re here because, like us, you believe the arts are the highest form of human expression. They describe beauty, speak to our soul, engage and enrage. They celebrate our community’s diversity and etch our shared experience. The arts inspire.

It’s your turn to inspire Detroit's vibrant local arts scene and enrich the city's neighborhoods.

The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit seeks to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts.  Whether you’re an independent artist, business, established arts institution, organization or individual – we want to hear from you.

No idea is too large or too small, as long as it follows three basic rules

  1. Your idea is about arts.
  2. Your project takes place in or benefits Detroit.
  3. You find other funding to match Knight Foundation's grant.

Read the  FAQ to learn more. In addition, here’s a list of the Detroit 2016 winners and a catalog of all past challenge winners in Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Paul.

Finally, here are some insights from past winners: 

How they did it: Reaching new audiences with art by Ira Brooker, 4/6/166

How Knight Arts Challenge winners have raised funds to meet their match, by Neil de la Flor, 4/26/15

Going from an arts startup to a leading organization by Anne Tschida, 4/11/16

4 tips for artists on working with local governments by J.C. Perez-Duthie, 4/18/16

Bringing art to nontraditional spaces by Ira Brooker, 4/20/16