Sometimes it is hard to find the poetry in technology. Though most people use technology as part of their daily life, the coldness of machines makes it easy to overlook the richness of human culture that flows through their circuits.
Yet culture can move quickly, aided by our devices, whether it’s a virtual museum tour, a live-streamed concert or crowdsourced poetry. And we’re only at the beginning of this curve. Technology offers a myriad of opportunities for art, expanding how it challenges us, triggers reflection, awakens empathy and connects us to our communities. Innovations have the potential to provide arts organizations with new ways to connect with audiences and create deeply engaging experiences that inform and delight.
But how do we ensure that arts organizations, and artists themselves, take advantage of these opportunities, instead of lagging behind their audiences in the adoption of technology?
Today, Knight Foundation is opening a call for ideas focused on this issue. It centers around a question:
How might cultural institutions use technology to connect people to the arts?
February 22, 2018 by Sheila Cockrel
CitizenDetroit's Citizen Assembly.
Sheila Cockrel is co-founder and executive director for CitizenDetroit, an independent nonprofit that organizes and activates engaged citizens in the democratic process. Citizen Detroit is receiving $1.5 million in new support from Knight Foundation.
February 21, 2018 by Jer Thorp
8:23 PM by Daniel Olnes. Photo licensed under Creative Commons.
What are the opportunities for technology in the arts – and what threats does it pose? Knight Foundation, which recently launched an open call for ideas to use technology to connect people to the arts, asked leaders in the field to answer that question. Here, Jer Thorp, a data artist and innovator-in-residence at the Library of Congress, answers with his own, provocative inquiry.
February 15, 2018 by Jessica Clark and Sarah Lutman
Sarah Lutman is a consultant for the Wyncote Foundation and Jessica Clark is research director for Media Impact Funders. Below they discuss how foundations that are new to funding journalism can get a better handle on trends and practices in the field, based on two new reports produced with support from the Wyncote Foundation.
February 15, 2018 by Marika Lynch
At a time when trust in media, and institutions in general, is dangerously low, how can news organizations work to rebuild it? What effect does the trend have on people’s engagement in solving local issues?
Starting Tuesday morning Feb. 20, the Knight Media Forum will tackle these topics and more, as it gathers leaders in philanthropy, media and technology to look at ways to strengthen both local news and communities. The event will be streamed online, and features a range of speakers including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who recently piloted the news service WikiTribune, and former CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer, who will address how our society can navigate the information overload that surrounds us.
January 9, 2018 by Lisa King
Lisa King is executive director for Summit Metro Parks in Akron, Ohio. Knight Foundation recently announced new funding to Summit Metro Parks, focused on connecting Akron’s downtown revival to neighborhoods across the city.
January 8, 2018 by Charlotte Castle
Photos by Samantha Madera, courtesy of City of Philadelphia.
Charlotte Castle is the Vision Zero and neighborhood programs coordinator for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (OTIS). Below she writes about an October 2017 initiative launched by Knight Foundation and Niantic, the creators of Pokémon GO, to explore how technology can foster community engagement in several cities where Knight invests.
December 21, 2017 by Christina Curtin
Photo credit: Stefano Santucci
Christina Curtin is development manager at Orb Media. Orb is currently one of more than 100 organizations participating in News Match, a national matching gifts campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations.
December 13, 2017 by Christie George
Knight Foundation recently issued a report with the Rita Allen Foundation on how civic tech startups are seeking sustainability. Here, Christie George, director of the seed fund and angel investor network New Media Ventures, writes about two paths to getting into the black.
December 12, 2017 by Halle Stockton
#PublicStreetsPGH is a social media project that sends PublicSource reporters and interns out into local neighborhoods to gather stories from ordinary Pittsburghers with extraordinary stories. All photos courtesy of PublicSource.
December 12, 2017 by Ric Herrero
Maker Faire Miami 2017.
Ric Herrero is co-founder and president of MANO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a sustainable maker culture in the Greater Miami area. Knight Foundation has supported the evolution of MANO’s work in Miami and recently made an additional funding commitment to the organization.
December 7, 2017 by George Abbott
Denver's Union Station spurred private development of more than 2.37 million square feet of commercial space in its surrounding area, including housing, hotels and many other amenities. Photos by Smart Growth America.
Recently, I was lucky to join leaders from five Knight cities touring Denver, Colorado and Greenville, South Carolina with Smart Growth America’s Amazing Place Ideas Forum. Knight Foundation funded the Ideas Forum to demonstrate how smart investments in place can serve as an engine to attract and retain talent and drive economic development in cities.
December 7, 2017 by Lillian Mongeau
Photos courtesy of The Hechinger Report.
Lillian Mongeau is Membership Manager at The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report is currently one of more than 100 organizations participating in News Match, a national matching gifts campaign to encourage grassroots support for nonprofit news organizations.
November 21, 2017 by Anusha Alikhan
November 16, 2017 by Ed Paisley
This piece is one of a series that looks at the Knight News Challenge winners, and their thoughts on future trends, on the occasion of the challenge’s 10th anniversary.