Five South Florida arts organizations vying for the public's vote -- and $20,000

By Hannah Sampson

Between voting for their favorites on The Voice and Dancing With the Stars, South Floridians can have their say in another artistic competition.

Five arts organizations — 6th Street Dance Studio, Arts Garage, FUNDarte, LAB Miami and Urgent Inc. — are in the running for $20,000 in the first Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award.

Each of the nominees has a video up at Voters can send a text message to the number on the website to choose their favorite. Votes can be cast by text through Oct. 22.

The People’s Choice nominees are also finalists for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Each group is still eligible for a challenge grant as well as the popular vote award. The Knight Arts Challenge is in its fifth year.

Winners will be announced for both awards on Dec. 3.



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