Knight Blog

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

Painting mural engages communicators in Philadelphia

Nov. 18, 2014, 12:43 p.m., Posted by Andrew Sherry

Artist Phillip Adams of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program took his talents off the streets last month to paint a mural titled “Communications Matters” at the Communications Network conference of the same name. Like good communications, the mural was engaging, with as many as four or five people helping Adams with it at a time. Knight Foundation was a sponsor of the conference, which seeks to strengthen communications in the nonprofit sector, and the mural itself. The Mural Arts Program was a 2011 Knight Arts Challenge winner and received Knight support this year for the installation “psychylustro.”

Urban fellowships foster leaders to move cities forward

Nov. 18, 2014, 11:40 a.m., Posted by Katy Locker


Photo courtesy of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows

This month, I attended a symposium convened by the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech on “The Promise of Urban Fellowships.” The symposium gathered representatives of the federal government’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities fellowship program, the Detroit Revitalization Fellows, the Capital City Fellows Program and the (now completed) CUREx program to consider whether national convenings of similar programs might be valuable for sharing best practices, mutual learning and support.  Knight Foundation is interested in the learning we might glean from these programs and I, as someone who has been a supporter of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows since the program’s inception, was interested to see how Detroit would compare to others.

What types of fellowships were we talking about? Here are some common features. They: