Tens of thousands of dollars for 150 words? Knight Foundation wants Detroit art ideas

By Emily Riopelle

How often can you score tens of thousands of dollars — or more — with just 150 words? Put on your thinking caps, Detroit artists.

This week the Knight Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting communities through art and journalism, announced a grant of more than $19 million to the arts in Detroit.

The first $10.25 million is spoken for. Chunks of money are being doled out to seven major arts institutions: $2.25 million each to the DIA, DSO, and Detroit School of Arts, $1 million each to the Michigan Opera Theater and Sphinx Organization, and $750,000 to the Arab American National Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The second, $9 million component is called the Arts Challenge, a Knight program that’s been running for five years in Miami and three years in Philadelphia.

Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight, who stopped by MT’s office on Wednesday, explains the contest like this: “We invite every single person in the community to give us their best art idea. There are only three rules, your idea must be about art, your idea must take place in or benefit Detroit, and if we fund you we want the community in with us, you’ve got to go out and find a way to raise some matching money.”

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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 www.knightfoundation.org.