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Ask-Me-Anything Detroit at Thursday night Town Hall

April 1, 2013, 9:50 a.m., Posted by Tatiana Hernandez

Photo credit: Flickr user micn2sugars.

This Thursday, I’ll be at MOCAD in Detroit, to talk with folks and answer questions about the Knight Arts Challenge, which is offering a share of $3 million to local arts and cultural projects

We’ll be talking a lot on Thursday about how to make your application stand out, in addition to the nuts-and-bolts of challenge requirements, and whatever else is on people’s minds. 

What we won’t go into is what kind of ideas we’re looking for. Here’s why: We mean it when we say that we believe artists and cultural orgs in Detroit know their communities best, and have the most innovative and culturally relevant ideas. In challenges in Miami and Philadelphia, we’ve funded hundreds of ideas we would have never come up with on our own. As long as your idea fits within our three rules, it’s game. 

That said, here are a few things to think about when shaping your idea:

9 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

April 1, 2013, 7:35 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Today kicks off National Poetry Month and O, Miami - the biennial, South Florida poetry festival - has lined up a myriad of creative ways to deliver a poem to every single person in the city.


Interactive Report:

Downloadable Report:
O, Miami Report PDF

So don’t worry if poetry readings aren’t your style (though they’ll be some of those too). There will be plenty of other ways to participate. Join the opening ceremony with legend Trick Daddypair poetry and tattoos with ink master Duke Snyder and poet Tom Healy, or take in a new dance/poetry piece by Merce Cunningham alumni.

Here are nine more ways to engage in this year’s festival:

  • Write a 100-word poem (in English or in Spanish) that contains the line “That’s so Miami.” If participating on Twitter or Instagram be sure to tag it with #thatssomiami. Poems will be played on WLRN 91.3FM and the best ones published in a book.
  • Submit a 50-character poem to One winning poem flown up and down Miami Beach on April 27 and 28.

40 ideas advance in News Challenge on Open Gov

March 29, 2013, 5 p.m., Posted by Chris Sopher

Today we’re excited to announce 40 semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge on Open Gov. We received more than 880 submissions to the contest, which is focused on the question “How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact?”

We received ideas from all over the world, from small projects for public land reuse to ambitious efforts to open millions of public datasets. We think these 40 projects demonstrate the diversity, ambition and general awesomeness of the broader community that’s working toward more open, responsive government.

We hope you’ll look at these entries and add your comments, questions and suggestions. For the next week, until April 5, the semifinalists will be part of our “refinement” phase, where they will add a brief video, respond to community input and give additional detail about their ideas.

Following the refinement phase, we’ll enter a period of offline, private review aimed at selecting the final group of winners, whom we’ll announce June 24 at the Knight/MIT Civic Media Conference in Cambridge, Mass.