March 13, 2019 by Adam Ganuza
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.
December 3, 2018 by Adam Ganuza
Miami is a city of stories and storytellers. It always has been: from the oral traditions of the Tequesta and the fanciful myths that attracted faraway explorers, to the tale of Julia Tuttle’s orange blossoms, and the complex social drama that played out in the film “Moonlight.”
November 7, 2018 by Adam Ganuza
November 14, 2017 by Adam Ganuza
Tonight, we’re excited to announce the winning ideas in the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge Akron: 17 projects receiving a combined $743,000 to further Akron’s growth as a center for arts and culture in northeast Ohio. This cohort of winning ideas, the challenge’s third, brings world-class talent and cutting-edge projects to the city, while celebrating the creators and artists working locally.
October 25, 2017 by Adam Ganuza
Miners 2017, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Photo by Djenne Carswell.
Detroit is a city characterized by transformation, but also reclamation. Through sheer creativity and grit, Detroiters flip the script on the city’s narrative and its physical spaces, building on the region’s cultural legacy while moving people to see Detroit with a fresh lens. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ideas proposed by the 29 winners of this year’s Knight Arts Challenge.
August 14, 2017 by Adam Ganuza
Akron's Art Bomb Brigade. Photo by Freedom Trail Ladder
Earlier this year, we asked for the best arts ideas in four cities, and each responded in a big way. This year’s Knight Arts Challenge drew more than 2,500 ideas, and put the creative energy of these communities on full display.
October 4, 2017 by Adam Ganuza
Motionpoems' innovative project "Chaos on the Green Line" will turn the Green Line into a virtual reality experience freely accessible via smartphone app and triggered by the train's movements.
Earlier this year, we posed a question to Saint Paul: Tell us your best idea for the arts. Artists and community members responded in a big way to Knight's call for project ideas.
March 28, 2017 by Adam Ganuza
Ananya Dance Theatre. Photo by V. Paul Vitucio.
Now until April 28, Knight Foundation will be accepting applications to the Knight Arts Challenge in four cities: Miami, Detroit, St. Paul and Akron. The application is simple. Just a 150-word description of your best idea for the arts in your city. That’s it.
January 6, 2017 by Adam Ganuza
Photo courtesy of Young Nation. Photo by Erik Howard.
Each year, the Knight Arts Challenge poses a deceivingly simple question: What is your best idea for the arts in your city? Over the past ten years, from Miami to Detroit, St. Paul and Akron, you’ve answered.
November 28, 2016 by Adam Ganuza
I’m a Miami native and I love this place. I don’t know where the moniker “Magic City” originates, but I see the magic in the pink clouds at sunset, in the steam rising off of cortaditos, and even in the symphony of car horns during rush-hour traffic jams. Yet, while it’s easy to get caught up in the sights and sounds that surround us, there is so much more to this place.
November 3, 2016 by Adam Ganuza
Photo courtesy of Britney Stoney.
Over the past week I’ve crisscrossed the Motor City, heading from an urban farm to the high-rising Renaissance Center, through aisles of 2,500-year-old pottery to a diorama of Black Bottom in the 30’s. Detroit is a quintessential American city, with roots that run as deep as its namesake river, and even a newcomer like me can see that.
October 26, 2016 by Adam Ganuza
Heinz Summer Dance Festival. Photo by Dale Dong of Neos Dance Theatre.
This is a big week for Akron. The hometown hero LeBron gets his first ring as a Cavalier, and the Indians are in the World Series for the first time in nearly 20 years. The excitement and pride palpable.
October 11, 2016 by Adam Ganuza
On my first visit to St. Paul, as I walked past riverboats on the Mississippi and the beautifully domed state capitol, I found a city filled with testaments to its past. In no place did I find that better exemplified than in the stone and wood of the James J Hill Library. Its 20th century stoicism, expressed in oil paintings and century old hardwood reading tables, represents the city’s rich history.