Winners have ranged from individual artists to big institutions, and are weaving culture into neighborhoods from Deerfield Beach to Homestead. They are people like Willie Stewart, a former percussionist for the reggae band Third World who used challenge funding to produce a seven-week training for teens without musical experience.
“Accepting the challenge was a chance for an every day person like me to access funding for an idea I had. The process was easy. I had an idea. I wrote it down. I pushed send,” Stewart said.
The challenge has just three rules:
• The idea must be about arts.
• The project must take place in or benefit South Florida.
• Winners find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.
To learn more about the Knight Arts Challenge, join their Community Roundtables:
· Tues., Feb. 19, 7 pm at Opa-locka City Hall, 780 Fisherman Street, 2nd floor;
· Wedn., Feb. 20, 7 pm at Cannonball, Downtown Miami, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200
· Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 pm at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St.