Coming soon in Broward, an easier way to help your local artist

By Ben Crandell

For Broward and Palm Beach County arts-goers, there was a lot of good news to come out of the Arsht Center ceremony Monday night that revealed this year’s recipients of $23 million in John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grants.

Nearly $200,000 in matching grants have been earmarked for the Arts Garage in Delray Beach ($50,000); Business for the Arts of Broward ($75,000);  the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood ($20,000); Ranjana Warier of the Davie-based Rhythms School of Dance ($25,000) for a production of Indian classical dance; and Fort Lauderdale’s Pablo Malco Foundation ($10,000), for its “Hip-Hop Symphony” project.

The Arts Garage grant includes a $20,000 People’s Choice Award, the first time the Knight Foundation has put its checkbook in the hands of voters. The money requires no matching dollars from the Arts Garage. Hit the link for more news on the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grants.

One of the projects with the potential to have the most grassroots impact on local arts organizations is from Business for the Arts of Broward (formerly the Cultural Foundation of Broward), which will use the money to launch a local connection to the arts fundraising and networking nonprofit

The site, which BFAB hopes to launch in January, will be a place where nonprofit arts organizations post specific projects in need of funding and corporations and individuals can respond with dollars.  The project, which mimics the direct-funding theme at Spot.Us and Kickstarter, is active in 10 other locations, including Miami.


About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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