Knight Arts Challenge Detroit Awards Nearly $2.5 Million

Knight Arts Challenge Detroit Awards Nearly $2.5 Million

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced awards totaling nearly $2.5 million to fifty-eight projects through the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit.

The winners, mainly small arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists, include Andrew Krieger, who was awarded $30,000 to create a "'Kamishibai Man," a bicycle-mounted wooden theater where performers use paper art to tell serial stories; artist Michelle Andonian, who will receive $50,000 to produce a book of photographs and live performances marking the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide; the 6th Street Dance Studio/WholeProject, which was awarded $28,000 to build connections between the urban dance communities in Miami and Detroit; the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which will receive $70,000 to showcase unique and connected global cultures via a "drum summit" featuring percussionists from around the world; Detroit Fiber Works, which was awarded $20,000 to promote fiber arts and host free workshops for children, teens, and adults; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, which will receive $30,000 to host guest curator Jens Hoffmann in a salon-style exhibition that explores a cross-section of Detroit's visual arts over the past fifteen years.

The competition is part of a $19.25 million investment in the Detroit arts scene announced by the foundation in 2012 — an investment that includes support for small arts projects as well as grants totaling $10.25 million to some of the city's premiere cultural institutions, such as the Arab American National Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

"For the second time, Detroit has shown the depth of the city's creative community, and exceeded our expectations with their ideas," said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts at Knight. "We are thrilled by the quality and engagement opportunities presented by of this year's Knight Arts Challenge winners."

"58 Detroit Iideas wWin $2.48 Mmillion in Detroit’s Knight Arts Challenge." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 10/06/2014.