Local arts programs get big boost with Knight Foundation grants

From The Miami Times

Thirty-one fresh, innovative ideas from some of the top artistic minds and cultural groups in South Florida have been selected as 2011 recipients of the Knight Arts Challenge. The matching grant program, now in its fourth year, will provide $2.9 million in funding for mostly small, artist-driven groups who are determined to transform the South Florida community through the arts.

Winners in Miami-Dade County include: Karen Peterson and Dancers, who will provide dance instruction to 450 middle and senior high students with special needs; the Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival; Peter London Global Dance Theater; The M Ensemble Company; and several programs that will teach young people about and give instruction in producing traditional Haitian art at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the Young at Art Museum.

“We are looking for the best ideas and they tend to bubble up naturally, reflecting an ever-growing diverse community,” said Tatiana Hernandez, arts program associate for the Knight Foundation. “In fact, this was our most diverse group of winners — we received applications from a lot of smaller galleries and community-based groups. Word is finally getting out that this opportunity is for everyone.”

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