Calling all Philadelphians with a great idea for the arts! The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is now accepting applications for the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. The $9 million community-wide contest seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The deadline is Oct. 15.
Not sure if you qualify? Anyone can apply, as long as you follow three simple rules:
1) Your idea must be about the arts.
2) Your project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia.
3) You must find funds to match Knight’s commitment, within a year.
The initial application has only two questions. Give Knight your best 150 words on your great idea, and click submit!
Read more about the challenge here.
And apply here.
Get your ideas ready! The third round of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia will open on Sept. 17. The $9 million initiative from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
Launched in 2010, the challenge has awarded $5.4 million to 71 ideas to date. Winners, selected from more than 3,000 applications, represent a broad spectrum of the community — from individual artists and artist-driven organizations to some of the city’s premier cultural institutions. Winners have included Darla Jackson’s Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Asian Arts Initiative’s Neighborhood Spotlight Series, Franklin Paine Skatepark Fund’s Skateable City, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra’s iConduct!, and the Association for Public Art’s upcoming Open Air (pictured here), among many others.
On Wednesday evening, Megan and I attended FEASTIVAL, a blow-out benefit for longtime Canary client Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe at Pier 9 on the Delaware Waterfront, just a hop, skip and jump away from the Live Arts Festival’s new permanent headquarters. It was just announced today that Live Arts is one of two Philadelphia organizations to receive funding from ArtPlace, alongside The Reinvestment Fund, for creative placemaking projects in Philadelphia. Canary released the news on the local scene and you can read all about that here. The New York Times also has animportant story out about this major funding initiative aimed at revitalizing America’s cities and towns through creative placemaking. Key support for ArtPlace projects in Philadelphia has come from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation which continues to champion Philadelphia’s thriving and ambitious arts community. This fall is Canary’s second year working with Knight on the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia (stay tuned for news about that).
Looking over some photos from the benefit over lunch, I got to thinking just how awesome all this waterfront development really is. I wrote a blog about the experience which you can check out after the jump or over on emaleighsays.com (a place where I sometimes say things).
Let’s just say Philadelphia’s got talent. It was announced this week that Philadelphia’s Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Dan Rothenberg, and Dito van Reigersberg of Pig Iron Theatre Company and furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig were named USA Knight Fellows at a celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Pig Iron collaborative and Pliessnig will each receive an unrestricted $50,000 grant from United States Artists (USA), part of a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to USA, a national grant-making and advocacy organization.
Last year, Philadelphia ceramicist Kukuli Velarde was named one of the first USA Knight Fellows. For her community engagement project, Velarde and her husband (whom she met while both were residents at the Clay Studio, 13 years ago) established a ceramic studio in the basement of the West Kensington Ministry.The studio began offering classes this summer. Check out local filmmaker David S. Kessler’s Studioscopic portrait of Kukuli from a few years back below to learn more about her work.
Inspired by boatbuilding techniques and classic modernist furniture, Matthias Pliessnig has made a name for himself with his visually stunning pieces constructed primarily with steamed bent-wood strips. Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Dan Rothenberg, and Dito van Reigersberg, co-artistic directors of Pig Iron Theatre Company, create performance works that defy easy categorization.
Find out more about Canary’s work with the Knight Foundation, including our campaign for the three-year, $9 million initiative Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, right here at canarypromo.com/work/knightarts. Finalists for the first year of the Philadelphia contest will be announced in early 2011. Stay tuned. Read more »
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer and over 200 arts professionals, advocates and artists celebrated the launch of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia on October 5, 2010 at a special reception at TRUST in Old City.
Building on the momentum of the arts in Philadelphia, the Knight Arts Challenge seeks out innovative projects to inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. “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 Philadelphia to offer the best art ideas for this community.”