The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to thirty-six projects in Detroit through the Knight Arts Challenge.
Now in its seventh year, the program has provided support to nearly three hundred individuals and organizations in Detroit since 2013. This year's winners include the A. Spencer Barefield Creative Arts Collection, which will receive a grant of $45,000 in support of a concert of newly commissioned world-premiere avant-garde jazz performances; Carrie Morris Arts Production, which was awarded $70,000 for a contemporary puppet performance that examines how redlining and disinvestment have affected Detroit neighborhoods; Detroit Lit, which will receive a grant of $15,000 to provide performance and professional development opportunities for traditional and non-traditional storymakers through a series of salons, workshops, and panels; and The Hinterlands, which was awarded $40,000 in support of a touring theater piece and series of participatory public events tracing migration, settlement, and assimilation of white Appalachian workers from the South to Detroit via the so-called "Hillbilly Highway."
"We fund the arts because of their unique ability to tell the stories of our communities, connecting people to each other and to place. These Knight Arts Challenge winners put that belief into action in Detroit," said Knight Foundation vice president for arts Victoria Rogers. "Detroit's artists and creators play a key role in acknowledging Detroit’s past and shaping its future. We can't wait to see these winning projects come to fruition, telling Detroit’s stories, connecting residents through shared experiences, and contributing to the vibrancy of a great city."
(Photo credit: Carrie Morris Arts Production)