With its Knight Arts Challenge, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has been providing millions of dollars to artists and arts organizations hoping to realize their projects in Miami and other cities across the U.S. In recent years the organization has expanded beyond the Magic City to support projects in Broward County, Key West and even Palm Beach County.
The foundation has granted awards to a few Palm Beach winners over the years, including Arts Garage and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Now, Knight wants to reach more working artists in Palm Beach by hosting a Community Conversation there for the first time.
Adam Ganuza, an arts program officer for Knight, will be at the conversation. He says, “Not only is Palm Beach one of the 26 communities where the Knight brothers had newspapers and where Knight Foundation invests, it is part of the larger, interdependent metropolis of Southeast Florida. There are myriad connections between Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, and Monroe. The challenge is just one more.”
During the meeting, artists and organizers of art events can expect an overview of the challenge and its timeline. Even more important is the access to the staff that, Ganuza says will provide tips to help give applicants an edge in their application. “I’ll also stay after in case anyone has individual questions or wants to talk about their projects,” he offers.
It’s a conscious effort by the foundation to reach more artists. Of course, the foundation is continuing these conversation in Miami-Dade, as well. “The Knight Arts Challenge supports artists and art organizations from Palm Beach down to the Keys,” says Ganuza. Each Community Conversation will have former Knight Arts Challenge winners as panelists to provide insight and guidance into the process. For specifics on all the conversations, visit KnightArts.org.
The West Palm Knight Conversation hosted by PureHoney Magazine will take place Thursday, April 6, from 6:30-8pm, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St, West Palm Beach with live music by Lindsey Mills and an art display, live design and booth set up by Jesse Kunerth of DoseCreative.com | Info for all South Florida sessions and RSVP here!
~ Hans Morgenstern | The Independent Ethos (indieethos.com)