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    A call for ideas: Immersive technology in the arts

    July 17, 2019 by Chris Barr

    A call for ideas: Immersive technology in the arts

    On July 27, Knight Foundation will open a new call for ideas exploring how arts institutions can present immersive experiences to engage audiences.

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    Diverse Asset Managers: Opportunities for inclusion

    June 25, 2019 by Knight Foundation

    Diverse Asset Managers: Opportunities for inclusion

    Research shows firms owned by women and minorities manage just 1.3 percent of assets in the $69 trillion asset management industry, though their performance is not statistically different from the industry as a whole, Knight Foundation’s chief financial officer Juan Martinez told the U.S. House Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.

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    Op-Ed: Diversity Pays

    June 12, 2019 by Juan J. Martinez

    Op-Ed: Diversity Pays

    The best financial advisors see opportunities where others see risk, especially when it's supported by data. They must let go of some of the anxiety that accompanies doing something others aren’t, because that’s where great investments can reside.

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    An Intolerance of Failure? Evidence from U.S. Private Equity

    June 11, 2019 by Bella Private Markets

    An Intolerance of Failure? Evidence from U.S. Private Equity

    In our 2018 Diverse Asset Management Study (found here), we show that the asset management industry is characterized by extremely low levels of diversity in ownership. Overall, diverse-owned managers - defined as asset managers with significant female or ethnic minority ownership - control just 1.3% of all US-based managers’ assets [1].

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    SpringBOX is a new St. Paul hub to foster creative people power

    June 11, 2019 by Sarah Lutman

    SpringBOX is a new St. Paul hub to foster creative people power

    SpringBOX is already becoming a lively and welcoming hub and home that can incubate creative activity and spur civic action. In this new model of the public square, artists can support civic leaders in their efforts to discover participatory processes and creative approaches to community change and development, resulting in a place to live, work, and play that is nourishing and exciting.

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    On View: A new podcast on museums, technology and change

    June 5, 2019 by Chris Barr

    On View: A new podcast on museums, technology and change

    Today, we launch On View, a new podcast series that examines how museums and cultural institutions are evolving to keep pace with a changing world.

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    First Amendment vitals: Taking Gen Z’s pulse on free expression and inclusion

    May 13, 2019 by Evette Alexander

    First Amendment vitals: Taking Gen Z’s pulse on free expression and inclusion

    Millennials have left the nest of higher education and entered the workforce. Undergraduates on campus now hail from the tip of the next age cohort known as Generation Z.  They are the true digital natives born into an always-on world.  The very oldest was four on 9/11, seven when Facebook launched, 10 when the iPhone came on the scene and 19 – freshly eligible to vote – in the 2016 election.

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    It takes a village: Raising a successful startup community in Miami

    May 1, 2019 by Raul Moas

    It takes a village: Raising a successful startup community in Miami

    As someone with an almost 2-year-old, I can’t help but notice that building an entrepreneurial ecosystem and raising a child have a lot in common. There’s no instruction manual; each has its own unique needs, strengths and weaknesses; you love watching it grow, but its unpredictability can drive you crazy.

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    Celebrate Charlotte Arts opens for ideas

    April 27, 2019 by Priya Sircar

    Celebrate Charlotte Arts opens for ideas

    For years, I’ve been traveling through Charlotte Douglas International Airport, noticing an increasingly busy terminal and thinking, “CLT seems like it is the place to be.” Late last year, I saw why. New in my role as Knight’s director for arts, I visited Charlotte for real, arriving with my colleague Jayne Butler to explore the city’s arts scene and better understand the opportunities and challenges that could shape Knight’s support of the arts in Charlotte.

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    The power of public spaces: What five cities learned

    April 18, 2019 by Sam Gill and Lynn Ross

    The power of public spaces: What five cities learned

    We asked journalist Aaron Wiener to go out and understand how this effort took on a life of its own in each community. He came back with a vivid portrait of an effort that is both changing community and changed by community, an effort now as disparate as the places where it lives.

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    Local equals trust: A call to help rebuild local news

    March 31, 2019 by Karen Rundlet

    Local equals trust: A call to help rebuild local news

    Since Knight Foundation announced a $300 million initiative in February to help rebuild local news, we’ve received an exuberant response from funders, civic leaders and journalists. They, too, are seeking to bolster local reporting in their communities because they understand the important role that journalism plays in our democracy in informing communities and holding the powerful accountable.

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    Knight Arts Challenge 2019 will bring ideas to life in Akron, Detroit and Miami

    March 13, 2019 by Adam Ganuza

    Knight Arts Challenge 2019 will bring ideas to life in Akron, Detroit and Miami

    Great art has the power to illuminate our stories, shaping our perception of what is real and giving light to what is possible. The arts create new narratives, whether through the written word, visual languages, music or the language of movement. These narratives provoke us to question our understanding of the world.

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    Announcing the Winners of the AI and the News Open Challenge

    March 12, 2019 by Tim Hwang

    Announcing the Winners of the AI and the News Open Challenge

    We’ve been absolutely blown away by the interest and excitement around our AI and the News Open Challenge. After several months and the efforts of a small army of amazing reviewers to sift through the 500+ applications we received, we’re excited to finally announce the winners of the challenge today. 

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    Knight Media Forum: The opportunity is now to build the future of local news

    March 6, 2019 by Marika Lynch

    Knight Media Forum: The opportunity is now to build the future of local news

    We have never had a bigger opportunity – or greater need – to build the future of local news. That was at the heart of discussions at the Knight Media Forum, a gathering of leading journalism funders and practitioners held last week in Miami.