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Smart Chicago Collaborative

Building on previous Knight Foundation investments in the news and information ecosystem, via the Knight Community Information Challenge, the Chicago Community Trust will continue to design, build and demonstrate the power of digital tools to the community and empower residents to use news and information to improve their quality of life.

Transom Online Workshop

To help public radio project Transom create and test Transom Online Workshops to teach radio and multimedia storytelling.

Cultural Scripts

To explore cultural understanding through the arts by having nationally known choreographers engage communities in creating new works that explore cultural identities and expression

'The Humid Body'

To bring together the city’s musicians, dancers and filmmakers to produce a multimedia theatrical work that explores South Florida’s evolution from swampland to modern metropolis


Minezy is a tool that will allow journalists to deduce social relationships, hierarchical structures and topical importance from email archives. The goal of the prototype will be to allow journalists to quickly use the structured data contained within Microsoft Outlook archives to create a rudimentary analysis of a target subject social, political and/or business network.

Jazz-off Detroit

To strengthen jazz in Detroit by creating a competition for musicians whose winners will form a performance band

Random Acts of Culture for San Jose

To break down barriers of access to the performing arts and touch the lives of residents with Random Acts of Culture (RAC), a series of unexpected, spontaneous cultural performances in nontraditional settings

The Arts Strategy Group

To elevate the national arts conversation by convening a group of distinguished leaders to discuss and promote critical issues in the arts through the Arts Strategy Group, hosted by the Aspen Institute

University of Maryland

To study the transition of U.S. journalism schools into the digital future and sponsor a conference to help Chinese media create sustainable business models

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