Partners / Knights Foundation

Our goal is to weave the arts into the fabric of Knight resident communities to engage and inspire the people living in them. The foundation believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place and communal identity. We seek innovative ways to reach, engage and increase audiences for the arts, including through the use of technology. Over a three-year period, Knight funded 1,000 “Random Acts of Culture” to bring artists out of the performance halls and into people’s everyday lives. As a way to solicit fresh and innovative ideas, we launched the Knight Arts Challenge, an open call for ideas that is now in Detroit, Miami and St. Paul, Minn. (and starting in late summer in Akron, Ohio). The challenge seeks to find and fund the best ideas for the arts. Winners range from individual artists to anchor cultural institutions.