In its third and final year, the $9 million community-wide initiative awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 to individuals, collectives, and cultural organizations with innovative ideas for engaging and enriching Philadelphians through the arts. The competition, which has provided support to a hundred and fourteen projects since it was launched in 2011, requires that award recipients secure matching funds within a year.
This year's recipients include artist David Guinn, who was awarded $9,000 to bring temporary outdoor wall-painting installations to Center City; the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which will receive $50,000 to host a competition for new bike rack designs; the Pig Iron Theatre Company, which was awarded $60,000 to merge two indie-arts genres by translating the music of rock band Dr. Dog into a theatrical spectacle; and the Village of Arts and Humanities, which will receive $150,000 to create a year-long artist residency program for emerging and mid-career artists seeking an urban environment.
"At some point in the day, we'd love for all Philadelphians to have an encounter with art — to experience a moment of inspiration that brings people together and helps strengthen sense of community," said Knight Foundation vice president for the arts Dennis Scholl. "This year's Knight Arts Challenge winners will help do that by weaving the arts into neighborhoods and people's everyday lives."
For detailed descriptions of the winning projects, visit the Knight Arts Challenge Web site.