Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Uncle Luke goes to Sundance

Dec. 9, 2011, 12:30 p.m., Posted by Jillian Mayer

By Jillian Mayer, director The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke

In fall 2011, we submitted our short film, The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke to the Sundance Film Festival. Commissioned by the Borscht Film Festival, which received a 2010 Knight Arts Challenge grant, we were able to start pre-production in January. Over thirty people worked on this twelve-minute short film which was inspired by the booty-bass music of Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke) and based on the French short film, La Jetee.

New works coming to the Miami City Ballet

Dec. 9, 2011, 10:38 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Last week in Miami, 31 ideas were announced as winners of the 2011 Knight Arts Challenge.

Below, Nicholas Goldsborough describes how the Miami City Ballet, a challenge winner, will broaden its programming and support the future of ballet by establishing a fund for the creation of new works. The project aims to excite audiences and infuse dance with new energy.

Soul of the Community study spurs resident-driven agenda for Arizona

Dec. 8, 2011, 10:40 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


Photo Credit: Flickr user Chris M

Recently, the Center for the Future of Arizona announced the winners of a contest that sought five big ideas for bringing Arizonans together and taking action on issues they feel strongly about.

The effort centers on a resident-driven agenda for the state, one spurred by the Knight-funded Soul of the Community study. The research looked at why residents loved where they live - and how that relates to a community’s economic growth.