The winners — mainly small arts organizations, arts collectives, and individual artists — were awarded grants for projects that will help strengthen the region's literary culture, highlight the region's cultural diversity, and revitalize spaces in downtown Miami. Grant recipients include Cannonball Miami, which was awarded $150,000 to expand its microgrants program to visual artists; Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana, which will receive $50,000 to expand a micro-theater program that produces short plays for small audiences in confined spaces; the Children's Voice Chorus, which was awarded $25,000 to provide transportation for children in South Miami-Dade's migrant farming communities to choral programs; and dancer Ranjana Warier, who will receive $35,000 to set traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Adrian Castro's Afro-Caribbean poetry.
In addition, the Key West Art and Historical Society was named the winner of the Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award, a text-to-vote campaign, and will receive an additional $20,000 for the art project of its choice.
"Many of these winners aren't just presenting art," said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts at the Knight Foundation. "They are engaging South Floridians in its creation and evolution, and opening up their organizations to the public in a way that will help make us a stronger community."
For a complete list of recipients, visit the Knight Foundation website.