PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer and 200 arts professionals, advocates and artists celebrated the launch of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia Tuesday night at a special reception at TRUST in Old City.
The challenge, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund the best ideas for the
“The challenge opens a window of opportunity for everyone in the community,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts. “In each of the next three years, we will invite every artist, every arts institution, every business and every individual in
Mayor Nutter said, "The Knight Arts Challenge is a great example of how public and private sector leaders can encourage Philadelphians to unleash their innovative and creative spirit. The resulting projects over the next three years will remake the way Philadelphians interact with and perceive the arts on a daily basis.”
Steuer said the challenge is an exciting opportunity for the city. “The challenge will help spur creative approaches to making art and connecting art to the greater community,” Steuer said. “Knight Foundation is in effect willing to provide risk capital to arts groups, helping them to move in innovative, new directions that they might otherwise be cautious about.”
Building on the momentum of the arts in
To encourage a wide range of applicants and ideas, the challenge has just three rules: The idea must be about art, must take place in or benefit
Scholl will work with an advisory group of
The Knight Arts Challenge began in 2008 in
Grant recipients in
For more on Knight Foundation’s arts initiative and to view previous Miami Challenge winners, visit KnightArts.org.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.
Megan Wendell, Canary Promotion, Philadelphia Knight Foundation Representative, 215-690-4065; firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Fest, Vice President of Communications, Knight Foundation,
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.