Coming Sept. 17: Knight Arts Challenge to fund best ideas for the arts in Philadelphia
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.
Anyone can enter the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia — independent artists of all types, businesses, established arts institutions, service organizations and any individual who has a great idea for the arts.
There are only three rules for the challenge:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia.
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment, within a year.
This could be year year! Be sure to visit KnightArts.org and submit your idea Sept. 17 - Oct. 15. All you need is 150 words to describe your great idea.
Image: Simulated image of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Open Air, facing PMA steps; Photo by Antimodular Research
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