A group of Charlotte media outlets will expand their coverage of the area’s arts scene with the help of up to $80,000 from the Knight Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.
The Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance is one of three winners in the second stage of the Knight/NEA Arts Journalism Challenge, which was open to projects from eight U.S. communities.
The money will follow $20,000 that Charlotte group received in the first round of grants.
The Charlotte consortium consists of the Observer; WCNC-TV; WFAE-FM; QcityMetro.com;CharlotteViewpoint.com; and UNC Charlotte.
The groups, which have been publishing arts stories using the initial money since fall, will expand those efforts. UNC Charlotte will offer classes in criticism and arts writing. A smartphone app will be developed to highlight the consortium’s work.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.