Four Broward County Programs Receive Funds to Fuel Local Arts Scene
  
- 34 South Florida projects to receive $2.28 million in funding in community-wide initiative to bring South Florida together through the arts -
  

Knight Foundation

DATE: December 20, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky,
Broward County Cultural Division

PHONE: 954-357-7463
EMAIL: jleshinsky@broward.org

In November, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, named 34 South Florida projects to receive $2.28 million in funding in a community-wide initiative to bring South Florida together through the arts. Four of these projects, located in Broward County, received a total of $130,000. In the past five years 143 ideas have received close to $20 million in funding under this initiative.

The Knight Foundation went on to share more news for the South Florida arts community: Knight Foundation is committing an additional $23 million in new funding for arts and culture. In 2008, The Knight Foundation began to invest in the arts, just as the arts scene was beginning to take shape, and was directed with a five-year course. After commissioning a study on the Knight’s Arts Challenge impact, they decided to renew the challenge to help take the cultural community to the next level. The study found that the challenge funding helped to fuel the local art scene, and especially helped the smaller, entrepreneurial projects that are making South Florida so unique. The funding will go to some of the region’s leading arts institutions and to fund more grassroots projects by continuing the Knight Arts Challenge through 2015.

This year, the Broward County recipients are:

Crowdsourcing Funding for Broward County’s Arts
Project: power2give.org
Recipient: Business for the Arts of Broward
Award: $75,000
The online crowdsourcing platform is designed to connect donors directly with projects they are passionate about, whether it is, for example, a new theatrical production in need of costumes or a musician needing a new instrument.

Demystifying Indian Classical Dance
Project: Adoption of Western Fairly Tales
Recipient: Ranjana Warier
Award: $25,000
To promote cross-cultural understanding, Ranjana Warier will showcase traditional Indian dance through the stories of Western fairy tales. Leading professional Indian classical dancers will collaborate on the performance, while a lecture series will seek to demystify the complexity of traditional Indian storylines. The resulting stage shows will maintain the integrity of the ancient art form while breaking it down to make it more enjoyable for all ages.

Creating Discussion Around the Visual Arts
Project: Hot Topics Artist Series
Recipient: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Award: $20,000
To foster conversation around the visual arts, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood will host an ongoing lecture series featuring nationally and internationally recognized artists. Audiences will not only hear the artist’s stories, but learn about the trends influencing the direction of contemporary visual art.

Celebrating a Hip-Hop Symphony
Project: The Hip-Hop Symphony
Recipient: Pablo Malco Foundation
Award: $10,000
To celebrate South Florida’s cultural traditions, the Hip-Hop Symphony combines hip-hop dance and music with classical music and instrumentation. The show features 13 versatile hip-hop and contemporary dancers, a 20-piece orchestra, a five-piece rock band and seven-voice choir.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge aims to bring South Florida together through the arts. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge aims to bring South Florida together through the arts. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

 

 
 
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