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Next Stop: Democracy

Making voting in local elections more enticing by creating new types of signs at polling places and commissioning artists to perform site-specific pieces on election days.

Operation Export Macon

Fostering city pride and helping attract newcomers to Macon by sending one man in a roaming trailer to nearby cities, to showcase the city’s best food, goods and experiences.

Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub

Harnessing the talent and energy of immigrants to revitalize distressed neighborhoods by providing centers that would offer immigrant entrepreneurs low-cost space, language assistance, workshops and trainings, and access to traditional and non-traditional sources of capital.

Take Ten Initiative

Challenging municipal workers to take 10 minutes each week to connect with a city resident and report on their thoughts and ideas.

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation

Bringing people together to connect and engage in four Knight resident cities (Charlotte, Macon, Philadelphia and San Jose) with a musical swings installation that plays music when used and more complex melodies when people collaborate to use them together.

Unbox Akron

Fostering a stronger connection to the city by creating a subscription service that celebrates Akron with a monthly selection of local goods and experiences delivered in a box. 

Knight Art Programming and Acquisition Fund

To create the Knight Art Programming and Acquisition Fund to engage South Florida audiences by supporting programming for four unique project galleries at the Perez Art Museum of Miami and providing flexible support for the acquisition of works.

Knight Contemporary Art in Miami Fund

To create the Knight Contemporary Art in Miami Fund engaging South Florida audiences through support for cutting edge exhibitions by emerging and under-recognized artists.

Reimagining the Civic Commons in Philadelphia

To invest in five civic assets in neighborhoods surrounding and near Center City Philadelphia, support collaboration among those assets and fund experiments to understand the ways such assets can deliver more value by working together while fostering talent, opportunity and engagement.

Scaling Democracy Works

To promote open information systems by scaling two voting information tools, while engaging government and nonprofit partners with technology that adds transparency to the voting process.


Developing a Web platform to help journalists easily create interactive, data-driven content without help from programmers.


Developing a mobile app to help content creators make news accessible to many different languages and literacy levels through visual tools that merge comic books, journalism and user-friendly delivery strategies

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