In 2017, Knight Foundation began work with four museums to deepen their use of technology to attract and engage audiences. The museums—Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Akron Art Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, and the Barnes Foundation—went through a year-long process to research, develop ideas, prototype and launch pilot technology projects.
December 6, 2018 by Knight Foundation
When poet Tom Healy called the Florida Freedom Writers to tell them he was donating $10,000 to the youth creative writing and performance group, he had a little trouble tracking them down. He finally reached the Miami Norwood High classroom of the group’s director, Precious Symonette. But, the student who answered the phone thought it was a prank call.
December 3, 2018 by Knight Foundation
Arts and culture have been a centerpiece of Miami’s transformation for more than a decade. From the Art Basel art fair—a mecca for international curators and collectors—to several new world-class facilities, Miami has seen an explosion in artistic, creative and cultural activity since 2005.
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 19, 2018 by Dominique Campbell
With so much music history running through Detroit’s DNA, increasing investment in local musical groups and artists, and a renaissance of new music-based organizations, I often wonder why do musicians regularly leave Detroit? Why does it lack a sustainable music economy where infrastructure and industry unite to create an environment for musicians to thrive creatively and financially?
November 7, 2018 by Adam Ganuza
October 31, 2018 by Knight Foundation
Knight believes the arts have the power to inspire, challenge, bring wonder into our lives, and ultimately connect us to each other and the cities where we live. A thriving arts ecosystem requires talent and collaboration, as well as investment and community support. In charting the journey of arts in Detroit and supporting its growth, we hope to contribute to a stronger future for the city’s great art and artists.
March 2, 2018 by Mimi Onuoha
A screenshot from Sondra Perry’s website imakelandartnow.com, in which the artist offers a tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to a world before her (screenshot by author).
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 to answer that question. Here, artist and researcher Mimi Onuoha talks about the possibilities the arts and tech offer to create new worlds.
February 28, 2018 by Ingrid Burrington
Photo by Amos Bühler on Flickr.
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 to answer that question. Here, artist and author Ingrid Burrington offers her views on how the field, and its taxonomy, should evolve.
February 23, 2018 by Nancy Baym
The New World Symphony Wallcast is a favorite way Miami audiences use technology to access arts. Photo by: Rui Dias-Aidos.
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, Nancy Baym, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, answers.
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 Chris Barr
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?
November 28, 2017 by Anne Tschida
A New World Symphony Wallcast, photo by Rui Dias-Aidos.
This year, Knight Foundation celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, which funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts. Below, writer Anne Tschida explores how Miami and its cultural scene has changed in that time.
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.
November 13, 2017 by Fernando González
The Pioneer Winter Collective won Challenge funding to commission site-specific dance performances. Photo by Charles Trainor, Jr.
This year, Knight Foundation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Knight Arts Challenge’s founding in Miami. Attend a celebration event, and learn more below about the challenge’s impact.