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A yellow wall divides Northwest 12th Ave along the east side of the Liberty Square housing projects.

The wall is no more than three feet tall at it's highest point and on the other side is a raised street making the wall only visible if you're in the housing projects.

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Miami Arts Week started with good news for the whole region, with the announcements of the winners of the 2016 Knights Arts Challenge. 

The contest, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will give $2.78 million to 44 local  artists and projects aimed at exploring the authentic voices of South Florida and bringing art to neighborhoods from Key West to Palm Beach. All winners have committed to find funds to match Knight's commitment (it's one of the conditions of the grant). 

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The Knight Foundation is letting South Floridians decide where their arts funding should go. 

The foundation provides funding to arts programs across the country. Each year it hosts an arts challenge based in South Florida in which local art projects compete for money.

For the past four years, the foundation has used a crowd-sourcing effort to give some of the finalists an extra financial boost.

There are four finalists for this year's Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge "People’s Choice Awards".

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The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance in Little Haiti is one of the 73 Knight Arts Challenge finalists announced yesterday.

The community-wide contest funds ideas that bring South Florida together through the arts.

Eduard Duval Carrier, cultural director at the alliance, says the group plans to host visual artists from across the Caribbean while exploring what it means to live and create in multiethnic communities such as Miami.

"We’ve realized that the Caribbean has produced such a diaspora," he says, "not just Haiti -- but the whole Caribbean."

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Applications are open for the Knight Arts Challenge.

The challenge provides funds from the Knight Foundation for art projects that work to bring the community together.

When the challenge began back in 2008, the foundation had one big community meeting to tell the public about it. But over the past four years, Knight has been hosting a series of meetings throughout communities in South Florida.

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Almost 50 South Florida artists and arts organizations received $2.29 million in grants on Monday to help them build everything from a Stiltsville artist-in-residency program to a Homestead mariachi academy.

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Six local arts organizations are each hoping to receive the most votes in the Knight Foundation's People's Choice Award competition for a $20,000 cash prize.

The prize will allow the winning organization to use it to fund or expand an arts project of its choice in its community.

Voting begins Monday, Oct. 20, and will end Monday, Nov. 17. The votes can be casted by texting each organization's unique number, which can be found here, to 22333.

DJ Le Spam Tries To "Preserve The Art Of Analog"

Jun 18, 2014

  Andrew Yeomanson, also known as DJ Le Spam of the Spam Allstars, is looking to preserve the art of analog recording at his studio in North Miami. At City of Progress Studios, Yeomanson not only records bands on vintage equipment -- like Hammond B-3 organs and MCI tape machines -- but transfers digitizes all the audio.

His project earned him a spot as a finalist for this year's Knight Arts Challenge.

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Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.

For the past month, dance artist and creator Nora Chipaumire has led a group of Miami-based dancers, choreographers, performance artists and educators for the inaugural MDC Live Arts Lab, a Knight Arts Challenge Grantee. The goal of the MDC Live Arts Lab intensive is to bring nationally and internationally renowned artists like Chipaumire to Miami for the benefit of Miami artists.

Live Arts Lab Seeks To Help Mid-Career Artists Advance

May 29, 2013

Longevity in the arts, like any field, requires constant learning. Performance labs provide this space. It’s where artists can experiment, research and refine their skills. In these labs, sometimes new ideas emerge and old ideas are fleshed out. It’s where artists—dancers, choreographers, directors, composers—innovate and hone their craft.

Miami Herald Honors Students With Silver Knight Awards

May 23, 2013
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Many of this year’s Miami Herald Silver Knight winners are well-acquainted with adversity — through their own families’ personal heartaches or the struggles of those living halfway around the world.

But a telling theme emerged Wednesday night at the 55th annual Silver Knight Awards ceremony: Rather than become despondent over life’s unfairness, these high school seniors vowed to make a difference, and that spirit of determination has led to some far-reaching accomplishments.

With the Knight Foundation officially taking applications for this round of its Knight Arts Challenge grant, buzz about the program is heavy in Miami's artistic circles. As we pointed out the week applications opened, no project is necessarily too small or strange, and the foundation funds projects from funky to formal.

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Knight Foundation and its Knight Arts Challenge grants have lubricated the city's arts community for the past five years, funding projects great and small that benefit the greater cultural good.

Those free projections on the side of the New World Symphony building and events in the Soundscape park? Knight money. The sculpture garden at the Bass Museum? Knight money. Those off-beat Weird Miami bus tours? Yep, also Knight money.