As many South Floridians are struggling to find funds for a project, their organizations, or small businesses others have found the Knight Arts Challenge. An estimated amount of $2.7 million dollars were granted by the Knight Arts Challenge. Among these past winners were:
-ArtCenter/South Florida ($120,000): To provide opportunities for Miami’s artistic talent and to attract new creatives to the city by strengthening the center’s residency programs,
-Mapou Cultural Center ($50,000): To promote Haitian culture and literature by creating a Haitian-American book fair in Little Haiti.
-The Miami Rail ($40,000): To inspire great writing by supporting a visiting-writers program where authors host lectures, roundtables and workshops
The Knight Arts Challenge is an open contest in best idea for Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach County, said Tatiana Hernandez ,Program Officer / Arts.
As a way to recruit ideas from South Florida’s many neighborhoods, Knight Foundation will host a series of Community Q&A sessions from Marathon to Fort Lauderdale. The events, taking place Feb. 3-11, will offer tips on preparing applications, information on the challenge timelines, and a chance to talk to past winners on what gave their submissions an edge. You can attend one of these sessions:
• Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University
One East Las Olas Blvd.
• Monday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m.: Marathon Government Center
2798 Overseas Hwy. (Mile Marker 48), Marathon
• Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
10975 SW 17th St., Miami (free parking in the Blue Garage)
One common mistake applicants make is that they fail to put their work into the contest, said Tatiana Hernandez.
You will soon read exclusive interviews with some of the past winners of the challenge. Now, it’s your chance to have your dream project come to reality. Attend one of the Q&A Sessions for more insight.