The Knight Arts Challenge Miami

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The Knight Arts Challenge Miami

Submissions open April 4 – May 2

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Feb. 3, 2016 — The Knight Arts Challenge Miami will open for submissions April 4, offering a share of $2.5 million to the best ideas for the arts. A project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge is open to anyone with an idea for bringing South Florida together through the arts.

“The Knight Arts Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to pursue his or her artistic dreams,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “We want hear your big ideas that can help inspire, reflect, and engage your community.” 

Applying is easy. All it takes is 150 words to fill out the initial application, which will be available at April 4 – May 2 and is deliberately designed to be user-friendly to encourage a wide range of applicants.

There are only three rules for submissions:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida.
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.

Knight Foundation will host Community Conversations in March to answer questions and offer insights on the challenge. A full schedule is below.

Many previous Knight Arts Challenge winners have been small, grassroots efforts that reflect South Florida and its many cultures. They include the recently launched Nu Deco Ensemble, which aims to be a 21st century orchestra for Miami; MicroTheater Miami, which adapts an idea from Madrid by offering short plays in shipping containers; in addition to funding to engage the public in creating a major public art project in Opa-locka.

The foundation has invested more than $122 million in the Miami arts since 2005. The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.

For Knight Arts Challenge updates, follow #knightarts and @knightfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and Knight Foundation on Facebook.

Schedule of events for the Knight Arts Challenge Miami

Community Conversations: Knight staff and past winners offer insights on applying and carrying out a project. To RSVP, visit

Office Hours: One-on-one feedback about your application

2 to 4 p.m. April 23, Local TBD, Doral

5 to 7 p.m. April 27, Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami.

About the John S. and James L. 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


Lisa Palley, Palley Promotes, 305-642-3132;

Anusha Alikhan, Knight Foundation communications director, 305-908-2677,