2014 Knight Arts Challenge Winners

2014 Knight Arts Challenge Winners

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Pop-up Art Book Store Ignites Conversation

Recipient: Amanda Keeley

Award: $50,000

To promote the visual arts with a pop-up artist’s bookstore that travels around Miami


Project Preserves Analog Recordings in a Digital World

Recipient: Andrew Yeomanson (DJ Le Spam)

Award: $35,000

To celebrate the art of analog recording by improving a studio that allows local musicians to record on vintage equipment or preserve their works currently cataloged on older formats


Wild Billboards Bring Everglades Into the City

Recipient: Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE)

Award: $60,000

To bring a bit of the Everglades into the city by creating billboards emblazoned with large-scale, artful images of the South Florida outdoors

Weird Miami Tours Go National

Recipient: BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational)

Award: $150,000

To raise the profile of Miami artists by hosting a global gallery swap in which shows from BFI will be exchanged with galleries around the world


Bookleggers’ Mobile Library Expands Outreach

Recipient: Bookleggers

Amount: $30,000

To bring literature to more people by expanding a community mobile library that provides books for free, for trade or by donation


Books & Books Brings Author Events Online

Recipient: Books & Books

Award: $80,000

To bring more great literature into more homes by streaming and archiving Books & Books’ author events featuring noted writers


Street Performers Bring Downtown to Life

Recipient: Buskerfest Miami!

Award: $10,000

To enhance civic life by cultivating a street performance culture in Miami through an annual festival and ongoing series


Microgrant Program for Experimental Art Expands

Recipient: Cannonball

Award: $150,000

To support innovative, artist-driven projects in Miami by expanding its microgrants program to visual artists


Microtheater Expands in Downtown

Recipient: Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana

Award: $50,000

To provide an intimate cultural experience by expanding its Microtheater program, which produces short plays for small audiences in confined spaces


Doral Brings New Arts Programming to West Miami-Dade

Recipient: City of Doral

Award: $60,000

To enhance artistic offerings in West Miami-Dade by offering classical music, dance, exhibitions, art films and more in Downtown Doral Park


Festival Explores African Culture Through Music

Recipient: Community Arts and Culture

Amount: $40,000

To celebrate world music by expanding the Afro Roots World Music Festival to three days and host it in a variety of neighborhoods around Miami-Dade County


Cultural Exchange Planned for Miami and Havana

Recipient: Elizabeth Cerejido

Award: $60,000

To launch an artist exchange program that brings together Cuban artists from Havana and Miami to present exhibitions, in partnership with local universities


Fort Lauderdale Arts Space Provides Home for Experimental Work

Recipient: FATVillage Arts District

Award: $80,000

To promote cutting-edge contemporary art by expanding the reach of Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage Projects Contemporary Art Space, which provides a home for artists to create and present experimental work


Electronic Music and Sound from the Americas Featured in New Series

Recipient: Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA)

Award: $15,000

To highlight new music in the Americas through an experimental electronic music and sound art series


Hialeah Collective Engages City in the Arts

Recipient: Hialeah Contemporary Culture Project (HICCUP)

Award: $15,000

To support a Hialeah-based collective featuring artists whose works transcend the exhibition space and engage the surrounding city


HistoryMiami Launches Photo Center

Recipient: HistoryMiami

Award: $150,000

To showcase Miami through images by creating a photography center at the museum focused on curating exhibitions and engaging the community in documenting life in South Florida.


Dance Festival Highlights Afro-Cuban Culture

Recipient: IFE-ILE

Award: $15,000

To strengthen Afro-Cuban culture in Miami through the company’s dance festival, which hosts workshops and performances reflecting the diversity of the African diaspora.


New inkub8 Lab Helps Artistic Voices Grow

Recipient: inkub8

Award: $30,000

To provide professional artists a place to create new works in a lab space at the organization’s Wynwood studio


New Miami Publishing House Features Local Works

Recipient: Jai-Alai Books

Award: $40,000

To create an aesthetic voice for Miami by launching a literary publishing house


Super Bowl of Poetry Coming to Broward

Recipient: Jason Taylor Foundation

Award: $50,000

To bring the “Super Bowl of poetry” to Broward County through a friendly poetry competition that unites South Florida students through spoken word


Kinetic Sculpture Parade Comes to Key West

Recipient: Key West Art & Historical Society

Award: $15,000

To unite Key West through a kinetic sculpture parade, in which artists, bike riders and the community co-create a wacky display of art on wheels


Book Series Puts Spotlight on Miami Photographers of the ’70s and ’80s 

Recipient: Letter 16 Press
Award: $20,000

To recapture South Florida’s cultural history by digitizing the work of talented Miami photographers from the 1970s and ’80s and publishing it in a book series
Haitian Rara Music Celebrated with New Youth Program

Recipient: Little Haiti Cultural Center

Award: $50,000

To preserve Haitian rara, a form of festival music used in street processions, by creating a youth rara institute where teens can learn to play and make traditional instruments


Young Students Trained in Urban Dance

Recipient: Live in Color Dance Collective

Award: $20,000

To further develop South Florida’s distinct brand of urban funk dance by training young artists and providing them with opportunities to perform


Mariachi Academy Comes to South Dade

Recipient: Mexican American Council

Award: $60,000

To celebrate Mexican culture by creating a children’s mariachi academy in South Miami-Dade


Artists and Architects Meet to Inspire New Ideas

Recipient: Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)

Award: $15,000

To inspire new ideas by bringing artists and architects together through a lecture series


Stories of Modern-Day Marines Told in Multimedia Work

Recipient: MDC Live Arts

Award: $50,000

To share the stories of modern-day veterans and their families through a season-long initiative featuring a multimedia performance, exhibition and veteran arts engagement program.


Teaching Artists to Get New Training at Miami Music Project

Recipient: Miami Music Project

Award: $75,000

To enhance music instruction at Miami’s only El Sistema-modeled orchestral program by implementing a new Teaching Artists Training Program for professional artists.


Prominent Alums Celebrate African Cultural Arts Center’s 40th Anniversary

Recipient: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Award: $75,000

To commemorate the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s 40th anniversary by presenting events where prominent artist alums share their talents with today’s students


Fashion As Art Is Focus of New Museum

Recipient: Museum of Fashion

Award: $25,000

To celebrate the art of fashion by strengthening a new museum collection that highlights vintage couture


Classic Film Series Expands at the Cosford

Recipient: Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies

Award: $15,000

To preserve the experience of viewing vintage films by expanding the Cosford Classics series at Cosford Cinema


New Ensemble Focuses on Music and Multimedia Performances

Recipient: Nu Deco Ensemble

Award: $75,000

To provide innovative concert experiences by supporting a new ensemble offering a hybrid of music and multimedia performances


Design District Gallery Focuses on Artistic Values

Recipient: Oliver Sanchez

Award: $15,000

To support Swampspace, an alternative exhibition space for local artists and musicians in Miami’s Design District


Olympia Theater Expands Downtown Arts Series

Recipient: Olympia Theater at Gusman Center

Award: $50,000

To infuse downtown Miami with the arts by expanding an arts series in the lobby of the Olympia Theater


Artistic Transformation Planned for Opa-locka Thoroughfare

Recipient: Opa-locka Community Development Corp.

Award: $100,000

To re-envision Opa-locka as a cultural destination by engaging the community to transform a street into a large-scale public art project


Art Meets Science at Frost Science Performance Series

Recipient: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Award: $15,000

To create a performance series that mixes 20th-century science and science fiction films with musical improvisation and multimedia presentations


Choreographers Bring Dance to Unexpected Locations

Recipient: Pioneer Winter / Pioneer Winter Collective

Award: $20,000

To engage local choreographers in creating site-specific works in nontraditional spaces that are free to all


Cultural Mash-up Mixes Indian Dance with Afro-Caribbean Poetry

Recipient: Ranjana Warier

Award: $35,000

To celebrate Miami’s many cultures by setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Adrian Castro’s Afro-Caribbean poetry


Collective Challenges Artistic Boundaries Through Technology and Performing Arts

Recipient: Sound and Vision

Award: $10,000

To foster innovation in the arts by bringing creatives together for weekly meetings to share work, perform material and challenge artistic boundaries through technology


Stiltsville to Host Artist-in-Residence Program

Recipient: Stiltsville Trust

Award: $25,000

To give local artists more access to the seven remaining historic houses of Stiltsville by creating an aquatic-inspired arts incubator and residency program

South Dade Children Gain Access to Choral Music Program

Recipient: The Children’s Voice Chorus

Award: $25,000

To enrich the lives of children in South Miami-Dade’s migrant farming communities by providing transportation to the Children’s Voice Chorus program in Palmetto Bay


The Screening Room Brings Films and Video Installations to Wynwood

Recipient: The Screening Room

Award: $25,000

To bring high-quality video installations and film screenings to more South Floridians by supporting programming at the Screening Room in Wynwood


Festival Pushes Caribbean Avant-Garde in Miami

Recipient: Third Horizon Media

Award: $50,000

To raise the profile of Caribbean artists in Miami by staging showcases featuring the work of cutting-edge filmmakers, musicians and visual artists
Trinity Cathedral to Double as Performance Space

Recipient: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Award: $30,000

To provide a space for up-and-coming musical talent to perform by opening up Downtown Miami’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for a concert series


Brazilian Music Institute Heads to Broward

Recipient: University of Florida, College of Fine Arts, School of Music

Award; $75,000

To showcase Brazilian culture by supporting the University of Florida’s Brazilian Music Institute to be presented in South Florida at Broward College and at the Ralph R. Bailey Concert Hall in Davie


Local Students Jam With Jazz Greats

Recipient: Village of Pinecrest, Pinecrest Gardens

Award: $75,000

To enable Miami-Dade County students to learn from jazz greats by expanding Pinecrest Gardens’ popular South Motors Jazz Series to include a new mentor program


Virginia Key Festival Features World Music, Dance

Recipient: Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance

Award: $75,000

To bring South Floridians together at a four-day festival, which strives to provide music, workshops and events that nourish both brain and body

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