A project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Arts Challenge Miami is now in its eleventh year and has awarded $32 million and supported 384 arts ideas since its inception in 2008.
In 2019, Knight Arts Challenge Miami will offer up to $2 million in funding for ideas that connect people to place and each other through the arts.
The aim of the challenge is to encourage the use of art to build community, bringing people together in both a literal sense and figurative sense. To that end, the foundation welcomes ideas from across diverse communities and in every genre. Winners will receive financial support as well as public exposure and professional skills-building assistance.
While the foundation is not prescriptive in its approach, it looks for high-quality projects that demonstrate novelty and perspectives that are authentic to the community. All it takes to apply is a great arts idea and 150 words.
There are only three rules for submissions:
- The idea must be for an arts project.
- The project must take place in South Florida, from Palm Beach to the Keys.
- The applicant must find other funding to match the foundation’s award.
The foundation encourages participation from individual artists, collaboratives, and organizations that may never have applied for a grant. In the three cities where the foundation sponsors an arts challenge (Akron and Detroit are the other two) Just half of challenge winners are nonprofits, 32 percent have never won a grant before, and half have a budget of less than $100,000.
Applications for this year’s challenge will be accepted starting June 24, with all submissions due by July 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Finalists will be announced later this summer and winners in the fall.
Applicants can get more detailed information on the challenge, application tips, and/or register for kick-off events at the Knight Arts Challenge website.