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Knight Foundation promotes the best ideas to advance journalism, the arts and the success of cities. Here are some of the topics we care about, organized as resources so that you can join us in working for positive change.
Public Spaces
Trust, media and democracy
Arts and Technology
Libraries
Elections and Voting
Engagement Through the Arts
Local and Nonprofit News
Leadership and Talent
Successful Cities
Freedom of Expression
Digital Storytelling

Public Spaces

Connecting people to each other and the places where they live.

Public spaces are an important part of Knight Foundation’s work in cities and the communities where we invest. We believe that great public spaces have the power to transform cities. They are where neighbors can meet and residents can enjoy local arts and culture, take a jog or spend time with family. They help to advance civic engagement and the attachment people feel to their cities — both necessities for creating more informed and engaged communities. Recent research by the Center for Active Design shows that public spaces can help to facilitate community connection, trust and involvement.

Knight has made major investments in this area, both nationally and at the local level. It is one of five foundations that supports Reimagining the Civic Commons, a national initiative piloted in Philadelphia, that seeks to bring people together, by revitalizing and connecting public spaces and countering the economic and social fragmentation that are all too common. Our Knight Public Spaces Fellowship supports exemplary leaders who transform the way we think about and use public spaces in the communities where we live.

Research

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Communities

On the Table National Report

Download PDF In 2014, The Chicago Community Trust held its inaugural On the Table, which was designed to bring people together in small mealtime conversations for the purpose of brainstorming innovative solutions to address their communities’ most pressing needs. Inspired by The Chicago Community Trust, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation took On […]

On the Table National Report
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Communities

Livable Cities

Every City Should Have a Law of Two Words

Livable Cities
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Communities

The Magic of College Hill

How a university and a foundation turned around a depressed community by getting people to invest again

The Magic of College Hill

Articles

Grants

Image (top): A 2016 project from Emerging City Champion Cristina Mas created a vibrant pop-up space in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood to help residents envision the transformation possible by The Underline, a planned linear park beneath the city’s Metrorail line. Photo by Catalina Ayubi Photography.