Knight Foundation gives $ 1 million to artists and groups in Detroit


Fourteen local artists and arts organizations will share the more than $ 1 million awarded Wednesday by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the 2021 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge.

The Knight Arts Challenge, which began in 2008, provides grants to citizens and organizations that help transform the arts and culture scene in the cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers. (The Detroit Free Press was part of Knight Newspapers and later Knight Ridder from 1940 to 2005.) The philanthropic effort has spawned over 300 projects with more than $ 14 million disbursed to date.

“The challenge reflects Knight’s belief that art is integral to building more engaged communities that play a vital role in a healthy democracy,” said a statement from the foundation.

2021 marks the eighth year of the Challenge in the Motor City. Grant applicants have been invited to submit a 150-word proposal outlining an artistic business idea, and this year’s recipients include public art installations, a plastic recycling lab, an outdoor festival, and a artistic scholarship for refugees.

Grant recipients are eligible to receive additional funding to implement digital strategies in service of their individual practice or organization. The Knight Foundation will provide an additional $ 10,000 to each of the 14 award winners and 13 other Detroit-based artists and arts organizations for technical support for their projects. The funds, totaling $ 270,000 for the group of 27 artists and organizations, are designed to help with the technical equipment, software, consultants or other technology-related costs needed to bring the works to life. works of art.

Knight Arts Challenge 2021 Winners

• The American Riad ($ 171,000) is a community housing project in the North End neighborhood that combines public art and creative architecture and builds on fair housing laws to strengthen community among Muslims and immigrants and resist gentrification.

• Ash arder ($ 64,200), Flint’s current artist in residence at the University of Michigan, will create “The Whoop House Solar Music Sculpture,” a solar-powered sound sculpture that records and plays the instruments and voices of members of the community.

• Asylum / Detroit Artist-in-Exile Scholarship ($ 50,000) is a safe haven grant that enables artists and writers in exile and threatened with persecution in their home countries to connect with artists in Detroit and create new work.

• CultureSource ($ 150,000) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Detroit Diversity Festival with the annual Color Concert, drawing national and global attention to the region with live return programming as well as live performances.

• Artist DAY ($ 10,000) will create “Water of the Dead”, a multimedia sound installation housed in a shipping container. He will retrace black identity through auditory and visual cues centered on water.

• Detroit Parks Coalition ($ 80,000) will present Find Your Freedom, a festival that blends storytelling, music and art to inspire people to discover or rediscover Detroit’s parks, history and neighborhoods.

• Fenwood Enterprises, LLC ($ 50,000) will present Reimagining a Legacy Through Art and Technology, a showcase activation in Hope Village that will provide young people with free education in digital arts and technology. They will be taught by local artists.

• Live Coal Gallery ($ 125,069) will create Detroit rePatched, an art-infused green space and art center in the Brightmoor district that will connect art to the land, art to people, and art to home.

• Norwest Community Collaboration ($ 150,000) will continue its artist residency project WOMXNHOUSE to support BIPOC and non-binary women artists as part of a neighborhood construction initiative.

• Hamtramck’s Oloman Cafe and Gallery ($ 11,592) will present “Microcosmic Entanglement,” a series of seven exhibits exploring questions of belonging.

• The Ron Allen Project ($ 25,000) will present a multimedia exhibit reflecting the work and art of poet, playwright, sobriety mentor and dharma priest Ron (Bodhidharma) Allen during his years at Cass Corridor.

• Detroit Sidewalk ($ 250,000) will create Spacial Equity Interventions in Public Art, a hyper-local public art collection integrated into the Sidewalk Festival. It will see the installation of major works of permanent and semi-permanent public art in four neighborhoods of Detroit.

• Simon anton and manufacturing workshop Thing thing ($ 35,000) will create Transforming Trash, a community-based plastic recycling lab that will teach local youth the strategies, technologies and potential for creative reuse and recycling through workshops that result in artwork installations. functional art.

• What pipeline ($ 25,000) will present an immersive and interactive video installation by artist Demario Dotson exploring the intersection of black women, queerness and heroism.

Technology grants of $ 10,000 will also go to the Arab American National Museum (ACCESS), Ash Arder, Bailey Park Project, Black Art Library, Black LGBT + Plays, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, to Cherise Morris, City of Asylum / Detroit, CultureSource, DAAY, D. Cipher, Detroit Educational Television Foundation, Detroit Parks Coalition, Detroit Public Theater, Detroit Vacant Land CDC, Edward Salem, Fenwood Enterprises, Live Coal Gallery, Michigan Opera Theater, Oloman Café and Gallery, The Ron Allen Project, Ronald QWNTYM Ford, Salakastar, Simon Anton / Thing Thing, Stephen McGee; What a pipeline and visualization of women’s work.


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