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    Arts

    Knight Arts Challenge Detroit winner What Pipeline presents new art book, 'Light Stain'

    July 23, 2015, noon, Posted by Rosie Sharp

    For the first 76 pages, the images in Light Stain–a new book of poems and photographs by artist Isaac Pool–are ambiguous, almost subject-less in their composition. These are largely snapshots, and though most of the images are dated within the last 15 years, their grainy quality and faded color palette evoke an association with the 1970s and '80s, when instant cameras first entered the domestic realm.

     Light Stainis only the second publication from What Pipeline, a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge winner that received a $15,000 grant to publish a series of books on or by Detroit-based artists. Through poems and images alike, the book deals with the domestic and the commonplace. Its subjects are a cross section of life in suburban Michigan captured at oblique angles—basements, carpeting, backyards. A book on a couch, a sunset from a visit to grandparents’ house in Mesa, Ariz.

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    Arts

    Philadelphia film festival celebrates work of black filmmakers

    July 23, 2015, 10 a.m., Posted by Chip Schwartz

    From July 30 through Aug. 2, Philadelphia will host the fourth annual BlackStar Film Festival. Presented by Knight Foundation, the festival will be held at a number of venues throughout the city including International House, the Institute of Contemporary Art and World Cafe Live.

    Consisting of more than 60 films from four continents, the festival focuses on work by independent filmmakers of African descent. These films examine many facets of the black experience and are made by a talented selection of black filmmakers for an audience that craves a fresh perspective in narrative and documentary cinema.

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    Communities

    Leadership lab connects civic innovators from across sectors in Akron, Ohio

    July 23, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Mark Scheffler

    Mark Scheffler is president of Leadership Akron, which Knight Foundation supports as part of its efforts to help attract and retain talented people, expand economic opportunity and creative a culture of civic engagement in Akron, Ohio, one of 26 Knight communities. Photo: ConnectAkron event at Akron Art Museum (c) by Shane Wynn.

    Powerful things can happen when community leaders come together. Across all the theories of change for transforming organizations and communities – from Appreciative Inquiry to Collective Impact and many more – you will find boundary-crossing leadership as a core component. Across the country, Leadership Akron and our counterparts in the Association of Leadership Programs foster this leadership, bringing leaders together from every walk of life, every corner of the community. Groups such as ours build the fabric of our communities by helping us see beyond our own spheres to the bigger picture, and by creating networks of leaders across constituencies.

    In addition to connecting leaders and helping to shape their perspective, some leadership groups have begun leveraging leadership talent to address crucial community needs. Leadership Greater Hartford in Connecticut has consulted with city government to facilitate dialogue and inform decision-making on tough budget trade-offs. Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows program assembles leaders across sectors and generations for a course in community problem-solving that addresses a vital issue for their community.  And with support from Knight Foundation, Leadership Akron will design the Civic Solutions Lab, a new opportunity to address community-wide challenges.

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