KnightBlog

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

  • Some alt text
    Arts

    Red Bull House of Art runs out a wild new summer collection

    Aug. 12, 2014, 10:44 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    The crowd gathers outside Friday's Red Bull House of Art opening. The Red Bull House of Art opened its newest season with a brand new collection, featuring artists working in a broad range of media. Austin Brady, Chad Davis, Paolo Pedini, Rashaun Rucker, Tiff Massey and...

    Read full article ›

  • Some alt text
    Arts

    Gary Petersen divides objects from experiences at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

    Aug. 12, 2014, 8:21 a.m., Posted by CSchwartz

    Gary Petersen is first and foremost a painter, but it seems that he's got a knack for installation too, as evidenced by his solo show, “zip line tow rope,” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid. The New York-based artist has wound up in Philly for the exhibit curated by Alexis Granwell, which...

    Read full article ›

  • Some alt text
    Engaged Communities

    By Design: From Teach for America to Startup

    Aug. 12, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Kiesha Moodie

    Teach For America entrepreneurial interns visit Knight Foundation in Miami. 

    There is something special about the intersection of innovation and education. A community that invests in ideas and has the vision to, as Steve Jobs said, “Think Different” about our students and their teachers is a community abundant with opportunity.

    In Miami-Dade County, we are at a place that I think of as “the nexus of opportunity.” Early last year I traveled to the headquarters of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., with Teach for America to attend the inaugural Entrepreneurs United conference after recently accepting a position to lead the alumni movement in South Florida. I was excited to find out that my fellow alumnus Wifredo “Wifi” Fernandez was doing a presentation later that day on startup communities and his work co-founding The LAB Miami.

    After his presentation, Wifi and I connected over an extra-large pizza at a local diner that had Jamiroquai programmed as the Pandora station of choice. We began to talk about our shared experiences teaching in the classroom, the challenges we encountered and the need to innovate solutions that will meaningfully impact children and education. The conversation highlighted the unique opportunity to bridge his work in entrepreneurship with the work I do with Teach for America corps members and alumni talent cultivation and retention. We asked ourselves what it would take to give every one of our students across Miami-Dade the excellent education they deserve, and what working as a community and problem-solving means in our evolving and ever-connected world – particularly in Miami.  In short, we left the conference with a commitment to join forces, fill a need and create a solution, just like Miami’s entrepreneurs and makers do every day. 

    Read full article ›