Scientists and artists learn from one another to save the Florida Everglades. Hundreds of middle and high school kids with special needs learn professional dance. Students write with, and learn from, a published young adult author.
These are just some of the successful ideas that were submitted last year to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for funding through its Arts Challenge program.
Now in its fifth year, the Knight Arts Challenge has invested more than $19 million in arts-related projects — $2.9 million alone last year. The foundation’s aim is to promote, develop and unite South Florida through the arts, said Dennis Scholl, the foundation’s program director.
The foundation is soliciting promising ideas from artists of all kinds who will have a chance to win a grant to further their project. The rules are simple. The idea has to be about the arts. The project has to take place in — or benefit — South Florida, and you must raise matching funds equal to the Knight grant. Applications must be in hand no later than March 19. Finalists will be announced on the first day of Art Basel in early December.
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 www.knightfoundation.org.