Knight Arts Challenge - Secrets to Success
Dennis Scholl is the vice president of art for the Knight Foundation and one of Miami’s most esteemed art collectors. In this exclusive SocialMiami conversation, we learn from Dennis about the objectives of the Knight Arts Challenge and the secrets to success. We also learn about his personal point of view of Miami’s growing cultural community both in the visual and performing arts.
Pictured: Debra & Dennis Scholl
Stephanie Ansin is the founding artistic director of the PlayGround Theatre in Miami Shores. Under her direction, the theater received a grant for $100,000 to produce The Red Thread, an adaptation of a Chinese folktale.
Pictured: Stephanie Ansin and Toby Ansin
Lucas Levya is the director of the Borscht Film Festival. The project for which the Borscht received its funding was entitled: “Redefining Miami in Film.” Their submission read as follows: to shape Miami’s cinematic identity, the Borscht Film Festival will showcase and create original films that tell unique Miami stories. The festival will issue an open call for local filmmakers to join them in the process, and will provide financial and professional support for producing the films created annually. After they are completed, the films will be available online, shown at the Borscht Film Festival and made available to national and international film festivals.
Pictured: Lucas Levya
Peter Boswell is Sr. Curator, Asst Dir of Programs at the Miami Art Museum (MAM). Under Boswell’s jurisdiction MAM was awarded funds for “The Record” Exhibition.
Chris Chrebet and Leggo My Demo
Chris Chrebet was awarded funds to expand Leggo My Demo, an Internet-based community platform that showcases new electronic music. Learn about this exciting project and the creative ways that Chris raised matching funds.
Pictured: Chris Chrebet
Laura Quinlan and the Rhythm Foundation
Laura Quinlan is the executive director of the Rhythm Foundation and Rasha Comeau is from the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Their Knight awarded project is entitled Big Night in Little Haiti, which will showcase Haitian music.
Pictured: Jean Almatas (Pokito) who is performing at Big Night in Little Haiti
Aaron Glickman is a creator/producer native to Miami. He has worked in South Florida media for the past 15 years documenting a regional transformation predicated on art and design. His digital media platform, www.Current.Miami, tells hyper-local stories through the use of video.
From 2007 to 2016, Aaron was the publisher of SocialMiami.com, a society-driven digital media platform. During that period, Aaron created content-driven strategies with many of the region’s most prestigious brands and institutions. He also served on boards and committees for several non-profits.
In 2017, Aaron produced and directed the feature-length documentary Miami Basel: Art’s Winter Playground. The film tells the story of Art Basel’s influence on Miami. Its world premiere in 2019 at the Miami Film Festival.
Prior to working in media, Aaron was a union stage actor. He studied Shakespeare in London and was a six-year member of Theatricum Botanicum, a classical theater company located in Topanga Canyon, California. In 2016, Aaron returned to the stage to tackle the role of Richard Sherman in “The Seven Year Itch” and is currently doing voice-over work for NBC.