MIAMI – South Floridians showed their love of the arts 459 times, submitting as many entries to a haiku contest exploring the recent debate over funding for the arts in Miami-Dade County.
The contest was sponsored by the University of Wynwood and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a $40 million initiative to bring the South Florida community together through the arts.
“The response to this contest is further proof that the arts not only enrich our lives, they unite communities like nothing else,” said
Local actor Alex Fumero took the top prize - $500 – for his 17 syllables. Artist Jim Drain and writer Andres Solar came in second and third place, winning $250 and $150 respectively. Five others received honorable mention, a $100 prize.
Renowned poet and Florida International University Professor Campbell McGrath and University of Wynwood Director Scott Cunningham judged the contest, which aimed to provide a canvas of opinion on the arts in Miami-Dade in addition to promoting a fun, interactive medium for public expression.
The winners and their haikus are:
First place: Alex Fumero:
if picasso joined
my 305 collective
he would have no paint.
Second place: Jim Drain
an artist's greatest asset
lights off, hungry mice
Third place: Andres Solar
Miami bus stop
I wait with my new painting
Hours. Then bus splashes.
Marlene E. Adams:
Enthralled child whispers:
Five days of classical songs
Are stuck in my head.
Night out on the town
found the venue was closed down
Two feet from a dance
Doris B. Kraus
Light on the water
Notes singing through the palm fronds
Sudden dusk and still
Water quenching thirst....
good food nourishing bodies....
the arts feeding souls.
very sunny place
yet the shade is everywhere
shine on in the dark
All entries will be published on the Knight Arts blog, at KnightArts.org
The Knight Arts Challenge’s community-wide contest to fund the best ideas for the South Florida arts will again accept applications starting Feb. 19. Visit KnightArts.org for more.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.
About the University of Wynwood
The University of Wynwood was founded in 2008 with the goal of promoting the spoken and written word in Miami. Visit universityofwynwood.org for information about events and to sign up for special invitations.
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.