Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia

Full-service Communications and Marketing for Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, an innovative three-year, $9 million arts initiative

Presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Arts Challenge is an initiative to fund the best ideas for engaging and enriching Philadelphia through the arts. 

Canary has worked closely with Knight Foundation since the inaugural year of the program in Philadelphia, creating and executing a wide-reaching communications plan.  Work includes messaging, media relations, marketing, community outreach, social media, advertising, and event planning. The campaign launched with a successful kick-off event and strong community buzz, which was supported by extensive media coverage; print, broadcast and web advertising; and community engagement through direct email, outreach to community leaders and relevant groups, social media, and presence at additional community events.

The challenge continues to have high public visibility and participation with thousands of ideas submitted. Over three years of the challenge in Philadelphia, Knight Foundation has supported 114 innovative ideas representing a broad spectrum of the community, from individual artists to some of the city’s premier cultural institutions.


Knight Foundation, which has invested more than $100 million in Philadelphia’s vitality since 1970, will continue to support the city’s vibrant arts scene through its year-round, community arts grant-making program.