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    Weighty new shows hold up the Frost

    Nov. 7, 2014, 3:41 p.m., Posted by Anne Tschida

    Wang Qingsong, "New Women." The Frost Art Museum is opening up its two main Art Basel-time shows tomorrow – they couldn’t be more different, but both have real heft. “Wang Qingsong: ADifinitum” is the freshest, with huge photographic prints covering the entire third floor from the...

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    Panelists: More understanding, collaboration needed to advance Open Gov

    Nov. 7, 2014, 1:34 p.m., Posted by Katti Gray

    "Open Government: State of the Union" panelists (from left to right): Kathy Conrad, Andrew Hoppin, Waldo Jaquith, Seamus Kraft and John Bracken. Photo courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

    Digitizing government data aids the everyday decision-making of ordinary people. Nevertheless, users of that data can’t always readily access government information nor employ it in ways that boost civic involvement and hold government accountable, or help create the kinds of communities they desire.

    That was the broad consensus of tech developers, community organizers, government watchdogs, government officials and others at “The Next Big Thing in Open Government,” a forum co-sponsored by Knight Foundation and The Open Society Foundations at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan Thursday.

    “We were founded on the [ideal] that government can work ‘for the people’ and ‘by the people’ but only if we make it so,” said the event’s keynote speaker, Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of San Francisco-based Code for America, a Knight grantee.

    To be sure, there have been strides in local, state and federal government efforts to make it easier for the average Jane to view and download information on such far-flung subjects as education, elected officials, the environment, health, human services, policing and so forth. But that system of providing information remains piecemeal, varying in quality, content and intent from locale to locale and, sometimes, from agency to agency within states and on the federal level, experts said.

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    A statement to the people of Detroit and Michigan

    Nov. 7, 2014, 1 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

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    Knight Foundation is looking forward to being part of Detroit’s future. Our commitment comes from our past; Knight Newspapers and later Knight Ridder owned the Detroit Free Press for 65 years, helping inform and engage the community. Knight’s pledge to the Grand Bargain was our biggest commitment to date, and it comes in addition to, not in place of, our ongoing investments in the arts, community and journalism in Detroit.

    A statement to the people of Detroit and Michigan from a foundation working group, which includes the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, William Davidson Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation, Kresge Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, McGregor Fund, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation:

    We are pleased with Judge Rhodes’ ruling that the plan of adjustment is fair and feasible, and glad that the City of Detroit has moved swiftly to resolve the bankruptcy and hasten the start of a new era. As foundations with deep ties to the region and a shared commitment to its future, we are proud to have contributed to a plan that helps put Detroit back in the starting blocks.

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