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    Engaged Communities

    Join Knight in San Jose to celebrate the arts, innovation and more

    July 1, 2015, 2:52 p.m., Posted by Daniel Harris

    At Knight Foundation we support a variety of events as part of our ongoing efforts to spark new ideas for cities, build community and support civic innovators working to advance talent, opportunity and engagement in San Jose and other Knight communities.  Read more about our work and strategy in San Jose in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

    And join us and our community partners for these Knight-supported events in July:

    July 2: SPUR presents Climate Change and California’s Water Supply. Learn how climate change is affecting snowfall and water availability, and the potential policy implications.

    July 3: People Acting in Community Together presents Alum Rock Night Walks. Join Alum Rock neighbors for a family-friendly walk every Friday from 7 to 8 p.m.

    July 6-Aug. 6: The Tabard Theatre Company at Theatre on San Pedro Square presents two-week summer theater camps for children ages 6 to 14. Sessions include Rock and Roll Forever, Disney’s The Jungle Book for Kids and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh for Kids.

    July 16: The San Jose Museum of Art presents ArtRage: SCI-FI, a night of cosmic cocktails, galactic games and extraterrestrial entertainment inspired by Diana Thater’s installation: Science, Fiction (Two), 2015.

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    Documentary debuts on South Florida youth poetry effort

    July 1, 2015, 11:06 a.m., Posted by Darius V. Daughtry, bluapple Poetry Network

    As part of Louder Than A Bomb Florida, a youth poetry slam in South Florida, NBC6 decided to produce an original short documentary surrounding the efforts of one of the youth poets, Zoharian Williams.

    "The Changes of Zoharian Williams" aired during a commercial-free, 30-minute special on NBC6 in April. On May 19, there was a live screening of the film at the city of Sunrise's amazing theatre. The poet, producers of the film and other key members participated in a panel discussion after the screening, and Zoharian was honored by Sunrise with a proclamation.

    Watch the NBC6 documentary.

    Louder Than A Bomb Florida at Nova Southeastern University. Credit:

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    Knight Foundation internships immerse students and young professionals in real-world work

    July 1, 2015, 11 a.m., Posted by Alec Schwartzman

    Tucked in Knight Foundation’s North Conference Room, eight summer interns work on projects spanning multiple departments: arts, community and national initiatives, communications, grants and administration, and journalism. Affectionately dubbed “The Fishbowl,” the room, with its panorama of the Miami waterfront, also offers an expansive view of Knight’s work for students and recent graduates pooled from around the nation.

    “I think working together is the best part because you get to see all of the organization,” said Raul Carril, a community and national initiatives intern. “You have people from all different departments coming together, giving you this rich overview of what is happening at Knight. It brings knowledge to the table, and reinforces the concept of becoming informed and engaged because we are all collaborating and communicating.”

    In his internship, Carril, a recent graduate and current Master of Business Administration student at Rollins College, has worked on the changing urban economy. He has looked into the physical spaces in communities, and how society can use these spaces to empower independent workers.​ Carril also worked with Yida Hernandez, a rising senior business student at Miami Dade College, on the Knight Cities Challenge Winners Summit held in Detroit this June. Hernandez worked on planning the event, and helped grantees prepare their presentations.

    “The autonomy we have been given in the work is unique to Knight,” Hernandez said. “When you think about an intern, you usually think about them fetching someone coffee or filing, but coming in here and receiving the responsibility given to us is motivating.”

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