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).