Knight Arts Challenge 2013 finalists named

By Jessica Lopez

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Monday morning the 69 finalists of the 2013 Knight Art Challenge, a contest funding the best ideas for engaging and enriching Philadelphia through the arts.

The finalists are a mix of individuals and organizations that are giving back to the Philadelphia community by providing resources to artists, and engaging the community through public art projects and celebrations of art mediums such as jazz, film, and printmaking. They were chosen from more than 1,200 applicants.

The Knight Art Challenge asks cities one question: What’s your best idea for the arts? Over the first two years that the Knights Art Challenge has been in Philadelphia, the Knight Foundation has awarded $5.5 million to 71 artistic innovators.  

Click here to view the full list of finalists and for further announcements.


836 Writers Residence. To provide new resources for writers by establishing a reading and performance venue that also offers temporary residences for selected authors

Ars Nova Workshop. To honor Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy by producing a month-long festival in venues across the city during Jazz History Month

Art Sphere, Inc. To improve arts education by creating a database of art lesson plans and projects to be used by organizations with few resources

Artists U. To increase professional development opportunities for local performance artists by expanding a pilot project that allows artists to seek targeted advice and counsel

Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. To strengthen the next generation by establishing an institute where emerging arts leaders can gain a deeper understanding of management and leadership

Asian Arts Initiative. To transform Pearl Street – a rundown alleyway in an emerging cultural district – by turning it into a park and outdoor gallery that connects four city blocks



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