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    Susan Crawford, Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, during the closing lunch presentation at the Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar 2015, held at the Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel. Photo by Patrick Farrell.  Think of a smart city, only smarter. A city where a deluge of data generated from sensors, smartphones, and economic reporting pulse through fiber-optic cables to open platforms where they can be sliced, diced and displayed publicly. Author Susan Crawford calls it “The Responsive City,” in a book by the same name. Such cities, besides being economically agile, help democracy function by making government more transparent and steering citizen debates away from ideology and toward data-centric problem-solving.
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    Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the 2015 Media Learning Seminar in Miami. Photo by Patrick Farrell.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a 175-year history, three locations, a storied collection – and now a 70-person digital team thinking of new ways to connect the physical with the virtual. In fact, the museum spends “as much time thinking about and appreciating our visitors who come in person as well as those who come online,” Sree Sreenivasan, the museum’s chief digital officer, told the crowd at Monday’s Knight-sponsored Media Learning Seminar. “That’s a huge step for a physical space.” In his current job, he focuses on seeking out and shaping the future of culture, which means engaging more people in art online. So far, he joked, his greatest achievement at the museum was creating a hashtag for every exhibit. Why? Because the audience of museum-goers demanded it. Clearly, though the museum is doing much more to experiment with new technologies and digitally push the envelope.
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    Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar, 2014. From left; Alberto Ibarguen, President & CEO of Knight Foundation, Kelly Ryan, CEO of Incourage Community Foundation, Chris J. Dagget, President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, discuss ideas during a plenary session. While the digital age offers evolving opportunities for informing communities, navigating the terrain can be a challenge for civic and philanthropic leaders. That issue will be at the heart of the conversations at Knight Foundation’s 2015 Media Learning Seminar, a gathering of community and place-based foundations, media and tech leaders taking place May 18-19 in Miami. The sessions will be streamed live, starting at 9 a.m. Monday, May 18, at knightfoundation.org/live.
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    2014 Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul winner Annanya Dance Theatre. The Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul deadline is approaching May 18, and we want to make sure you have all the info you need to apply in one place. Here goes: Application tips: Past challenge winners offered a range of tips on putting together a winning idea and application;
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    Today, the New World Symphony launches a video-based exploration of the work of John Cage, one of the 20th century’s most influential and provocative composers and visual artists. Part of a free, online resource, the archive grew from a 2013 celebration of Cage on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and allows viewers to experience his music and learn more through behind-the-scenes discussions. For some of the videos, the material shot during the performance at Miami Beach’s New World Center was just the starting point for the creation of new video art. For example, in the case of Dance/4 Orchestras, images of Cage’s drawings and compositions are layered over the musicians’ in a multimedia work.
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    By Mary M. Chapman From video art that shines a light on darkened city streets to an arts incubator and Hip-Hop Mardi Gras Parade, Detroiters have dreamed big, submitting fresh ideas to the Knight Arts Challenge. With those projects taking shape in the city’s neighborhoods, the community-wide contest is now...
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    The MBAD African Bead Museum, a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge winner. With the Knight Arts Challenge in Detroit around the corner, we’re organizing a series of events we hope will answer all your questions about the contest. This year, for the first time, we’re hosting a launch party and pitch session from 6 to 8 p.m. March 24 at Bert’s Market Place in Eastern Market, 2727 Russell St. It’s a casual way to get together and enjoy happy hour with Knight Foundation’s Nicole Chipi and Katy Locker, in addition to past challenge winners. There will also be a pitch session, where a few applicants can volunteer to go onstage, talk about their idea and receive feedback immediately.
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    Professor Thomas Sleeper conducts University of Miami Frost School of Music students in 'The Marriage of Figaro.' Credit: Jenifer Day Clark, 2012 By Alberto Ibargüen Each year, Knight Foundation’s trustees visit different Knight communities, to see and feel the work being done in the cities where...
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    The Hyper Interactive Hip Hop Carnival - A Detroit Collaboration from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo. More than 5,000 people came out to see last fall’s Interactive Hip-Hop Carnival in Detroit, a visual and aural spectacle that combined b-boy dancers in lights, island-inspired Mardi Gras costumes and music, a dancing crowd and more. What the organizers want everyone to remember though is the backstory of how it all came together.