Got a creative cultural idea to make Miami better? The Knight Foundation wants to give you money


By Arielle Castillo

Knight Foundation and its Knight Arts Challenge grants have lubricated the city's arts community for the past five years, funding projects great and small that benefit the greater cultural good.

Those free projections on the side of the New World Symphony building and events in the Soundscape park? Knight money. The sculpture garden at the Bass Museum? Knight money. Those off-beat Weird Miami bus tours? Yep, also Knight money.

The foundation's largesse over the past five years totals some $20 million in grants, and there is more money coming.  From Monday through  March 4, the public is invited to submit an idea at The only criteria:

1.       The project must be about art.

2.      It must takes place in or benefit South Florida.

3.      You find additional funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.

You don't think you need to be part of a nonprofit institution to qualify. To wit, here's a look at five of some of the most unexpected winners over the past five years.


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