Knight Blog

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

Opera @ The Waterfront hits a high note

Jan. 15, 2015, 5:03 p.m., Posted by Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman is director of communications for Palm Beach Opera, a 2013 winner of Knight Arts Challenge South Florida.

On Dec. 13, we presented our second annual Opera @ The Waterfront concert at Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. It was as successful as a company could hope. The crowds came out and enjoyed the 90-minute concert on a perfect, 70-degree afternoon. We had nearly 100 performers on stage including internationally renowned singers, tenor James Valenti and baritone Michael Chioldi. They were joined by our 2014/2015 season Palm Beach Opera Young Artists, and our full orchestra and chorus.

We estimate that 3,700 to 4,000 people attended, which is a huge increase from the 2,500 who joined us in 2013. And more than 300 unique visitors viewed our live stream online! Families of our singers from around the world who were unable to come to Palm Beach even hosted viewing parties by projecting our live stream on the walls of their homes.

Knight communities hit Sundance

Jan. 15, 2015, 4:47 p.m., Posted by Nicole Chipi

In just a few days, film creators and purveyors from across the eight Knight resident communities will be in Park City, Utah, to showcase their work, connect with artists from around the world, and discover new voices in independent cinema.

We’re excited this year that Knight Foundation grantees will be well represented at the festival, with multiple entries from Miami’s own Borscht Corp. screening, including “The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal” by animation collective Bleeding Palm and “Papa Machete” by Jonathan David Kane and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers.

Independent cinemas, screening organizations and festivals from across Knight communities will be in Park City as well, scouting new films to bring back to eager audiences at home. Among them will be the Michigan Theater, Filmadelphia, the Nightlight, Coral Gables Art Cinema and O Cinema, which recently opened its third South Florida location.

DataKind expanding to help more social good organizations use data to advance their work

Jan. 15, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Jake Porway


A volunteer during one of DataKind's DataDives. Photo from DataKind on Flickr.

Jake Porway is founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that connects social good organizations with leading data scientists to solve problems and inform decision-making.

When we launched DataKind in 2011 we had big dreams about just how powerful data science could be in helping social change organizations around the world tackle huge issues such as health care, poverty and education. We were overwhelmed with interest from data scientists eager to use their skills to make a difference and social sector leaders eager to learn more about how data science could help them transform their work. We had ideas about how to bring these two groups of talented and passionate individuals together, but they were just ideas. Now, three years into our adventure, we’ve created a suite of programs designed to deliver powerful data science resources to mission-driven organizations.