56 arts ideas get $2.1 million to shape Detroit


A documentary celebrating Detroit's 1970s Jit dance craze, a competition showcasing the city's jazz scene and an after school program on classical Arab music are among the 56 projects that will receive some of the $2.1 million awarded in the first Detroit Knight Arts Challenge.

The program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching the city through arts. Winners were announced Saturday from more than 1,400 entries.

"Every day, in neighborhoods across Detroit, artists, entrepreneurs and designers are building on an impressive cultural legacy to shape new narratives for the city," Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation said in a news release announcing the awards. "Their ideas challenge us and inspire the artist in all of us. They also reflect the Detroit of today, and our hopes for tomorrow."

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About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.