To mark the exhibition of a collection of artist books and letterpress broadsides commemorating the 2007 bombing of the famed street of Baghdad booksellers through a book arts festival
To provide an artful space by placing handcrafted, whimsical porch swings - equipped with LED lights and cellphone charging stations - at bus stops and in parks around the city
To further the careers of young dancers by both teaching them the art of dance instruction and having them instruct in local schools
@DennisScholl on strategy for Knight Arts
Through its arts program, the foundation seeks to weave the arts into the fabric of Knight resident communities to engage and inspire the people living in them. The foundation believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place and communal identity.
The foundation seeks innovative ways to reach, engage and increase audiences for the arts, including through the use of technology.
Over a three-year period, the foundation funded 1,000 “Random Acts of Culture” to bring artists out of the performance halls and into people’s everyday lives.
As a way to solicit fresh and innovative ideas, Knight Foundation launched community-wide contests in Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia to find and fund the best ideas for the arts. Winners range from individual artists to large institutions.
The foundation has invested more than $66 million in the arts over the last five years.