The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced grants totaling $25 million in support of three Miami arts institutions and the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, bringing the foundation's support for the local arts scene since 2005 to $122 million.
Grant recipients include the Pérez Art Museum Miami, which was awarded $5 million to commission works by international artists; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, which will receive $5 million to fund at least three exhibitions a year by emerging or underrepresented artists; and the University of Miami Frost School of Music, which was awarded $7.5 million to build a new recital hall that includes space for collaboration, experimentation, teaching, rehearsing, and performances. The foundation also awarded $7.5 million in continued funding through 2018 to the local Knight Arts Challenge, a grassroots competition open to individual artists, nonprofit arts groups, and small businesses that is designed to encourage the arts and artmaking in South Florida.
The foundation also announced that, effective May 1, New World Symphony executive vice president Victoria Rogers will succeed Dennis Scholl — who helped launch the Knight Arts Challenge in 2009 and oversaw its expansion to four other cities — as vice president for arts.
"Great art defines and lifts the soul of a community. The arts create a sense of place and help bind us to each other with common experience," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. "They help us explain the way we feel and represent who we are. Knight's goal is to help build the community we all want to live in, a community where art is general and available to everyone, in all of our neighborhoods."