Knight Arts Challenge 2012 Winners: Sweat Records To Hip-Hop Symphony

For the last five years, the John S. and James L Knight Foundation has encouraged local arts initiatives to compete against each other for a slice of their very generous funding via the Knights Arts Challenge.

The foundation has received 6,601 ideas over the years, with the parameters that the project must be about the arts, take place in or benefit South Florida, and match Knight’s funding. Since 2008, 143 projects received nearly $20 million in Knight Arts Challenge funding.

Monday night the foundation announced their 2012 Knights Arts Challenge winners, which include some familiar 'faces' such as Sweat Records, Big Night In Little Haiti, and Miami Light Project. But for the most part, the winners introduce a host of new and emerging talent and organizations.

The most notable projects include a mini theater in a shipping container, a hub for creative writing in South Florida at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, a gender-bending literature reading series, and a hip-hop symphony.


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