Knight Foundation Announces Winners Of 2012 Arts Challenge

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced the winners of more than $2.7 million in arts grants.

Hip-hopras, Latin mobile jazz and late night cabarets, just a few of the 35 ideas awarded funding as part of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge. Philadelphia Program Director Donna Frisby-Greenwood says the grants range from $10,000 up to $400,000.

“It’s smaller organization and individual artists. We allow anyone to apply that has an idea. The only criteria are that it be good art, it be about art and that it take place and/or benefit Philadelphia.”

Greenword says grantees must also find matching funds within a year. She says the goal of the program is to expand the view of what art is and where you can find it.

“In Philadelphia, we know that there are lot of other artists and lots of other art work out there. It gives the opportunity for those other ideas to get funding as well.”

Greenwood says, the 35 grantees were chosen from over 1260 submissions.

“Really what the Knight Challenge is saying is that art is for everyone and everyone can be an artist.”

Applications for the 2013 Knight Arts challenge will be due in the fall.

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