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Apr 20, 2012

Monday: Find out winners of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia

Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

On Monday, tune in to find out the winning projects of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia!

More than 1,200 ideas were submitted by artists, artist-run groups and organizations who pitched their big ideas for engaging the Philadelphia community through the arts. Earlier this year, Knight announced the 55 finalists.

Our reviewers whittled the list down to a few dozen winners and on Monday at 6 p.m., Knight will post the winning projects at We’ll also tweet the winners and other updates from the announcement ceremony via @knightfdn. The hashtag to follow along is #knightarts.

This year’s winners offer a wide array of innovative ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities through visual arts, music, film, theater and more.

The Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia is a three-year, $9 million initiative, funded by Knight Foundation, to draw the best and most innovating ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts.

The challenge was open to anyone with a great idea for the arts that takes place in or benefits Philadelphia. Grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.  Philadelphia is only the second city in which Knight offers the program. Last year, in its inaugural year, the challenge awarded $2.7 million to 36 projects. recently blogged about several of last year's winning projects, including Tiny Dynamite, Haas & Hahn and First Friday Art Safari.  

The Knight Arts Challenge began in 2008 in Miami, where last year, the initiative announced its fourth year winners.

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