Articles by Adam Ganuza

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    Bringing art to life: Knight invests $37 million in Miami arts ecosystem

    December 3, 2018 by Adam Ganuza

    Bringing art to life: Knight invests $37 million in Miami arts ecosystem

    Miami is a city of stories and storytellers. It always has been: from the oral traditions of the Tequesta and the fanciful myths that attracted faraway explorers, to the tale of Julia Tuttle’s orange blossoms, and the complex social drama that played out in the film “Moonlight.”

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    Meet Akron’s 2017 Knight Arts Challenge winners

    November 14, 2017 by Adam Ganuza

    Meet Akron’s 2017 Knight Arts Challenge winners

    Tonight, we’re excited to announce the winning ideas in the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge Akron: 17 projects receiving a combined $743,000 to further Akron’s growth as a center for arts and culture in northeast Ohio. This cohort of winning ideas, the challenge’s third, brings world-class talent and cutting-edge projects to the city, while celebrating the creators and artists working locally.

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    29 Knight Arts Challenge winners flipping Detroit’s script

    October 25, 2017 by Adam Ganuza

    29 Knight Arts Challenge winners flipping Detroit’s script

    Miners 2017, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Photo by Djenne Carswell.

    Detroit is a city characterized by transformation, but also reclamation. Through sheer creativity and grit, Detroiters flip the script on the city’s narrative and its physical spaces, building on the region’s cultural legacy while moving people to see Detroit with a fresh lens. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ideas proposed by the  29 winners of this year’s Knight Arts Challenge.

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    Meet the finalists in the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge

    August 14, 2017 by Adam Ganuza

    Meet the finalists in the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge

    Akron's Art Bomb Brigade. Photo by Freedom Trail Ladder

    Earlier this year, we asked for the best arts ideas in four cities, and each responded in a big way. This year’s Knight Arts Challenge drew more than 2,500 ideas, and put the creative energy of these communities on full display.

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    29 winning projects to share $1.29 million in 2017 St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

    October 4, 2017 by Adam Ganuza

    29 winning projects to share $1.29 million in 2017 St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

    Motionpoems' innovative project "Chaos on the Green Line" will turn the Green Line into a virtual reality experience freely accessible via smartphone app and triggered by the train's movements.

    Earlier this year, we posed a question to Saint Paul: Tell us your best idea for the arts. Artists and community members responded in a big way to Knight's call for project ideas.

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    The Knight Arts Challenge is open!

    March 28, 2017 by Adam Ganuza

    The Knight Arts Challenge is open!

    Ananya Dance Theatre. Photo by V. Paul Vitucio. 

    Now until April 28, Knight Foundation will be accepting applications to the Knight Arts Challenge in four cities: Miami, Detroit, St. Paul and Akron. The application is simple. Just a 150-word description of your best idea for the arts in your city. That’s it.

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    Coming soon: the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge

    January 6, 2017 by Adam Ganuza

    Coming soon: the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge

    Photo courtesy of Young Nation. Photo by Erik Howard. 

    Each year, the Knight Arts Challenge poses a deceivingly simple question: What is your best idea for the arts in your city? Over the past ten years, from Miami to Detroit, St. Paul and Akron, you’ve answered.

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    Winning arts challenge ideas celebrate the overlooked Miami

    November 28, 2016 by Adam Ganuza

    Winning arts challenge ideas celebrate the overlooked Miami

    I’m a Miami native and I love this place. I don’t know where the moniker “Magic City” originates, but I see the magic in the pink clouds at sunset, in the steam rising off of cortaditos, and even in the symphony of car horns during rush-hour traffic jams. Yet, while it’s easy to get caught up in the sights and sounds that surround us, there is so much more to this place.

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    Meet the winning ideas in Detroit’s Knight Arts Challenge

    November 3, 2016 by Adam Ganuza

    Meet the winning ideas in Detroit’s Knight Arts Challenge

    Photo courtesy of Britney Stoney. 

    Over the past week I’ve crisscrossed the Motor City, heading from an urban farm to the high-rising Renaissance Center, through aisles of 2,500-year-old pottery to a diorama of Black Bottom in the 30’s. Detroit is a quintessential American city, with roots that run as deep as its namesake river, and even a newcomer like me can see that.

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    Announcing the winning ideas in the Knight Arts Challenge Akron

    October 26, 2016 by Adam Ganuza

    Announcing the winning ideas in the Knight Arts Challenge Akron

    Heinz Summer Dance Festival. Photo by Dale Dong of Neos Dance Theatre.

    This is a big week for Akron. The hometown hero LeBron gets his first ring as a Cavalier, and the Indians are in the World Series for the first time in nearly 20 years. The excitement and pride palpable.

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    Announcing the winning ideas in the Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul

    October 11, 2016 by Adam Ganuza

    Announcing the winning ideas in the Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul
    Photo courtesy of Mizna.

    On my first visit to St. Paul, as I walked past riverboats on the Mississippi and the beautifully domed state capitol, I found a city filled with testaments to its past. In no place did I find that better exemplified than in the stone and wood of the James J Hill Library. Its 20th century stoicism, expressed in oil paintings and century old hardwood reading tables, represents the city’s rich history.