For the first time, Keys residents have an opportunity to receive a prestigious John S. and James L. Knight Foundation arts grant.
The Miami-based foundation launched its Knight Arts Challenge in 2008 and since then, 193 mainland South Florida projects have been funded for almost $22.1 million. Overall since 2006, the foundation has invested $86 million in South Florida's cultural community. Recipients include the New World Symphony and the Miami International Film Festival.
Now, a group representing the foundation wants to put its Arts Challenge out to Monroe County residents.
At 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Marathon Government Center (mile marker 48.5 bayside), Keys artists can find out how to apply.
"In recent years, we've seen a growing number of great ideas from our many neighborhoods, ideas that are bringing the arts into people's everyday lives," said Dennis Scholl, the Knight Foundation's vice president for arts. "We want to help ensure that there is art wherever you go in South Florida."
There are only three rules for the challenge:
- The idea must be about the arts.
- The project must take place in or benefit South Florida.
- The grant recipients must find money to match Knight's commitment within a year.
At the Marathon session, the Knight representatives will offer tips on preparing applications, information on the challenge's timelines, and a chance to talk to past winners on what gave their submissions an edge.
The challenge is open to everyone: Artists and artist collectives of all types, businesses, established arts institutions, and any individual who has a great idea for the arts. The initial application, which will be available at www.KnightArts.org, consists of just two questions and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage nontraditional applicants.
The Marathon forum will be co-hosted by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Bas Fisher Invitational, Cannonball, the Miami Light Project, Sweat Records, WPBT Channel 2 (PBS), the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, ArtSouth, M Ensemble, the Black Archives History and Research Foundation, the Opa-locka Community Development Corp., the Little Haiti Cultural Center, the Miramar Cultural Trust, the Broward Cultural Council, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood and Florida International University's music, art, art history and creative writing departments.
To find out more, call Anusha Alikhan at (305) 908-2677 or Lisa Palley at (305) 642-3132.