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2021 Knight Arts Challenge

2021 Knight Arts Challenge: Application period open from July 1 – July 31

What is your best idea for the arts in Akron, Detroit or Miami? The Knight Arts Challenge is back! 

The 2021 Knight Arts Challenge will support the best ideas for the arts from individual artists and arts organizations in Akron, Detroit and Miami. Building on the innovation and creativity of artists during the pandemic, the two-part Challenge will support artists to create works that connect people to place and each other. The application period is open from July 1 to July 31, 2021. Read more about the 2021 Knight Arts Challenge in this blog by Adam Ganuza, Knight arts program officer. 

As communities reopen, the arts can show us the way forward. Here’s how we’re supporting that momentum.

Knight’s Adam Ganuza shares more about the 2021 Knight Arts Challenge.

As communities reopen, the arts can show us the way forward. Here’s how we’re supporting that momentum.

Knight will fund ideas from local artists and arts organizations in these cities who are asked to answer this question in 150 words or less: “What is your best idea for the arts in either Akron, Detroit or Miami?”

There are two rules for submissions: 

  1. The idea must be about the arts
  2. The project must take place in or benefit Akron, Detroit or Miami

From the initial pool of applicants, a group of finalists will be chosen in each city to elaborate on their ideas. The winners, who will be announced in the fall, will share up to $2 million in Miami and Detroit and $1 million in Akron to bring their ideas to life.

Virtual Town Halls

Want to discuss your idea with Knight? Do you have questions about the Challenge, or are looking for tips to make sure your submission is on-point? Knight will be hosting a virtual town hall with Arts Program Officer Adam Ganuza on Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET (RSVP.)

For a recorded version of a previous virtual Town Hall about the 2021 Knight Arts Challenge, please see below:

Office Hours

Prospective applicants to the 2021 Knight Arts Challenge can also sign up here for 15-minute one-on-one sessions to discuss the challenge and individual ideas with Knight staff weekdays through July 30.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions regarding the 2021 Knight Arts Challenge, please visit our FAQs page.