Knight Foundation Awards $2.72 Million to O Cinema, Miami Rail, GableStage and More
Last night, while many Miamians were busy planning out their Art Basel event itineraries, an entirely separate arts organization unveiled its plans to help further expand culture in South Florida.
The Knight Foundation announced the winners of this year's Knight Arts Challenge last night, including 49 winners taking home a total of $2.72 million.
The winning projects span from Palm Beach to Key West, but most are centrally located right here in Miami. In a statement, the foundation explained that the winners fall into three categories: those that will "push the limits of art and technology," "celebrate the offbeat in South Florida," and "bring art into neighborhoods" like Overtown and Miramar.
Among the Miami winners are O Cinema, which plans to add a second auditorium for smaller, more specialized screenings; the Museum of Contemporary Art, which will launch a film festival dedicated to Nigerian cinema; the Miami Book Fair International, which will create a pop-up "Swamp" lounge to promote Florida authors at its annual event; and GableStage, which will begin staging its productions at local middle and high schools.
The Bass Museum will expand its outdoor offerings to include concerts and other live performances, while Miami's Indie Film Club will expand its Filmgate film festival. University of Wynwood's project to popularize Miami poet David Justice was also a winner.
Teo Castellanos D-Projects was the winner of the Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award, earning him $20,000. Castellanos was also one of the 49 winners of the regular Knight Arts Challenge grants, earning another $25,000. The grant will fund a one-act play created by Castellanos and Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship earlier this year.
Looks like Miami arts lovers have plenty to look forward to.
Read on to see the full list of all 49 winners.