Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge
20 Projects Receive $3.7 Million in Funding
More than 300 people gathered at the Knight Concert Hall Monday to celebrate the winners of the 2009 Knight Arts Challenge – a community-wide contest to find the best ideas for the arts in South Florida. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen presented the 20 winning ideas with a total of $3.7 million. The projects include putting an orchestra back in the pit during the Miami City Ballet’s 2010-13 seasons, creating an incubator for the arts in Wynwood (a joint Miami Light Project – Goldman Properties effort) and expanding audiences for the Florida Grand Opera by giving away more than 2,000 tickets to a production of Carmen. The Knight Arts Challenge is a $40 million initiative to bring together South Florida’s diverse community through the arts. The judges of the contest, lead by Knight Foundation Miami Program Director and art collector Dennis Scholl, included Rosa Sugranes, Karla Ferguson, Susie Wahab, Bonnie Clearwater, Evelyn Greer, David Castillo, Teddy Abrams and James Judd.
Photos by Yamila Lomba