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.
I had the opportunity to work with Kimberly Tierney a few years ago when she was employed by a Canary Promotion client. I was always impressed with her capabilities, intelligence and dedication to her work. She’s now living in Japan and we’ve kept in touch via Twitter. So when I saw her tweet that she might like to write about the “value of intangible goods,” I invited her to contribute a post on this topic to our blog.
I founded Canary as a mission-driven business because I wanted to work with the independent artists in my community and help them take their careers to the next level. That mission expanded over the years to include work with arts, culture and nonprofit organizations and projects that have a lasting impact on others and the community as a whole. Of course, I’m thrilled to be making a living doing something about which I’m truly passionate, but I also value the larger idea that we can contribute and make a difference in other ways. That’s why we incorporate volunteering, community participation, and pro-bono services into our schedules, and that’s why I was interested in Kimberly’s topic. Here’s what she has to say.
We’ve been volunteering with Girls Rock Philly (GRP) since its founding four years ago. GRP is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that presents Philadelphia’s first and only rock camp exclusively for girls. The week-long summer day camp serves junior rockers ages 9 to 17 - something I certainly wish I had access to growing up!
For any of you who wish the same, now is your chance to get in on this special experience! As a fundraiser for scholarships for the girls’ camp, GRP is presenting the second year of Ladies Rock Camp from February 19-20. Treat yourself or purchase tuition for a lady in your life for a truly unforgettable holiday gift.