Congratulations to all the new Knight Arts Challenge winners in this the third year of awards from the Miami-based Knight Foundation. The awards to 43 groups and individuals were announced tonight at a ceremony at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Winners are in all the arts categories — theater, music, dance and visual art. There are many exciting things coming down the pike for Philadelphia! See the entire list here. We’re excited about these four in particular: David Guinn: Temporary Outdoor Wall Installations Spark Dialogue Award: $9,000 Freewall is a new, artist-run venue that brings temporary outdoor wall-painting installations to Center ... More » »
News We’re not at the finish line yet, but this is turning out to be a banner year for visual arts in the Knight Arts Challenge: of the 69 finalists, you’ll find included InLiquid, Philadelphia Sculptors, David Guinn, BAJ Design, Theresa Rose, Vox Populi and Grizzly Grizzly. The full list includes many more of our fav. Good on all of you! The full list of finalists, selected from over 1,200 applicants and their project ideas, is available online at the Knight Foundation. The Arts & Business Council wants to enlist you in determining the award recipients for the A&BC Awards Celebration ... More » »
Two years ago, the Knight Foundation roared into town with news of their $9 Million Knight Arts Challenge for Philadelphia. This year, the second in the 3-year Challenge, sees 35 winners whose projects will be funded by the Knight awards, which are matching grants that require local funds equal to the Knight amounts. The winners were chosen from 1,260 applicants to the contest, with winners from visual, performing, music and theater arts as well as some in more unusual pursuits. With this round of awards, $5.4 million have been awarded for 71 ideas. The third year of the Challenge opens ... More » »
News Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia names 55 finalists The Knight Foundation released the names of 55 finalists for its Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia 2012. Finalists include artists, musicians, collectives, and community groups in the region. Winners are to be announced in the Spring.
News Sande Webster Gallery closes We heard it through the grapevine, Philadelphia’s groundbreaking Sande Webster Gallery closed its doors after more than four decades. Confirmed by Robin Rice of CityPaper, Webster has apparently had trouble during the recession. The gallery was founded as and continued to be a racially-diverse establishment that gave many young and emerging black artists as well as other young artists a place to show and sell their works. Webster herself will not be absent from the Philly scene, according to Rice. She will consult from home and collaborate with organizations around the city. Check out our ... More » »
News Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Year 2 The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is opening up their second year of applications for the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge. They are investing $9 million over three years in ideas that engage and enrich Philadelphia arts and culture. In the first year, 36 ideas were awarded a total of $2.7 million… including artblog’s own Art Safaris! Applications for the Knight Arts Challenge will be accepted from October 3 – 31, 2011. Be sure to visit the Knight Arts website on October 3 to find out how to submit your idea!
We’re gonna do something really great with our new Knight Arts Challenge grant of $7,000 (plus an equal amount in matching funds–still to be raised)! artblog will help culture lovers explore the far-flung galleries and experimental spaces with our First Friday Art Safaris, guided tours by van to where so much of Philadelphia’s most exciting art lives. The two of us will lead the tours into the galleries. The safaris will start in the spring of 2012 and span four consecutive First Fridays.
We are very happy to be finalists for the Knight Arts Challenge for Philadelphia, sponsored by the Miami-based Knight Foundation. The list of the 63 finalists (out of 1.752 applicants) includes local big fish and small fry like us, with about a third of the finalists from the visual arts realm. Here’s the list below. The winners for the matching grants will be announced in April. Read the full press release from Knight.
The house was packed as Mayor Nutter kicked-off a press conference on Monday announcing the findings of a Three-Year index of Creative Vitality in Philadelphia. The results of the the report show that Philadelphia’s Creative Vitality Index (CVI) score is 70% stronger than the national benchmark, and our CVI growth from 2006 to 2008 ranks among the top 5 in the nation. Additionally, our Nonprofit Arts Organization revenue is 5 times the national benchmark.
A mix of suits and arty types gathered in Old City Tuesday for a kickoff party at Trust celebrating the Knight Foundation’s $9 million challenge for great ideas for Philadelphia arts. Representatives of the city’s art groups gathered, swallowed some sliders, and listened as Dennis Scholl, Vice President for Arts, Knight Foundation, spoke about “the contest.” That’s what he calls the $9M Knight Arts Challenge program for Philadelphia’s arts scene, and just talking about it made Scholl twinkle like Santa Claus. The money, to be spread over three years, is available for “great ideas” in the arts. The application is ... More » »