Giving flight to the arts

Five arts groups in South Florida are vying for a $20,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to realize their dream. The people will vote for the winner.

By Stephanie Parra

South Floridians can voice their choice and vote on one of the five arts organizations vying for the first Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award.

The winner will receive $20,000 to work on a project to broaden the region’s cultural map.

“It’s a vehicle that gives flight to new ideas,” said Matt Haggman, Miami program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “If someone has a new arts idea, they apply to the Knight Arts Foundation and they can get money to give flight to their idea. It helps accelerate creativity and gives opportunity to artists across our city to be able to act on their ideas.”

Four of the five organizations – 6th Street Dance Studio, FUNDarte, LAB Miami and Urgent, Inc. – are in the city of Miami. Arts Garage is in Delray Beach in Palm Beach County.

Each of the nominees has a video posted at Voters can send a text message to the number on the website to choose their favorite. Votes can be cast through Oct. 22. Winners will be announced Dec. 3.



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