12/04/2012 08:16 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2012

Knight Arts Challenge 2012 Winners: Sweat Records To Hip-Hop Symphony

For the last five years, the John S. and James L Knight Foundation has encouraged local arts initiatives to compete against each other for a slice of their very generous funding via the Knights Arts Challenge.

The foundation has received 6,601 ideas over the years, with the parameters that the project must be about the arts, take place in or benefit South Florida, and match Knight’s funding. Since 2008, 143 projects received nearly $20 million in Knight Arts Challenge funding.

Monday night the foundation announced their 2012 Knights Arts Challenge winners, which include some familiar 'faces' such as Sweat Records, Big Night In Little Haiti, and Miami Light Project. But for the most part, the winners introduce a host of new and emerging talent and organizations.

The most notable projects include a mini theater in a shipping container, a hub for creative writing in South Florida at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, a gender-bending literature reading series, and a hip-hop symphony.

The 34 South Florida projects receiving $2.28 million this year are as follows:

Project: ArtWorks (arts skill building for high-school students)
Recipient: Arts for Learning/Miami
Award: $225,000

Project: Coral Gables Art Cinema
Recipient: Coral Gables Cinematheque
Award: $150,000

Project: Expanded Cultural Programming (bridging art, music and nature)
Recipient: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Award: $150,000

Project: Stipend for Touring Acts
Recipient: Sweat Records
Award: $140,000

Project: Here & Now: A Knight Emerging Artists Program (artists in resident program for emerging artists)
Recipient: Miami Light Project
Award: $120,000

Project: Big Night in Little Haiti
Recipient: The Rhythm Foundation
Award: $120,000

Project: Microtheater (mini theater in a shipping container)
Recipient: Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana Miami
Award: $100,000

Project: Miami on Stage Knight New Works (new original contemporary arts performances)
Recipient: FUNDarte Inc.
Award: $100,000

Project: Miami Theater Center: Sandbox Series (a space for small performing acts groups)
Recipient: Miami Theater Center
Award: $100,000

Project: Monthly Cultural Festivals
Recipient: Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays
Award: $80,000

Project: The Hialeah Cultural Center (establishing a cultural center for Hialeah)
Recipient: Miami Dade College
Award: $80,000

Project: (crowdsourcing funding for broward county’s arts)
Recipient: Business for the Arts of Broward
Award: $75,000

Project: Liberty City Renaissance (sharing African-American history through the arts)
Recipient: Miami Children’s Initiative
Award: $75,000

Project: Art Exhibit and Festival (celebrating South Florida’s African diaspora artists)
Recipient: Opa-locka Community Development Corporation
Award: $60,000

Project: The Writer’s Room
Recipient: The Betsy Hotel
Award: $60,000

Project: Lip Service: True Stories from all Miami Communities
Recipient: Lip Service
Award: $50,000

Project: The Synapse Performance (a creative center for South Florida’s dance community)
Recipient: Thought Loom
Award: $50,000

Project: Miami Dance Mecca (developing local, contemporary dancers)
Recipient: Augusto Soledade Brazzdance
Award: $45,000

Project: Bring It Home Miami (series celebrates the artistic talents of Miami-raised artists)
Recipient: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Award: $45,000

Project: Residency Program (infusing symphony with innovative and emerging composers)
Recipient: The Miami Symphony Orchestra
Award: $45,000

Project: Educational and Entertainment Encounters (introducing travelers and residents to global and local rhythms)
Recipient: Miami International Airport
Award: $40,000

Project: TruSchool Hip-Hop (bringing hip-hop and cultural events to kids)
Recipient: 6th Street Dance Studio/WholeProject
Award: $40,000

Project: In the Heights for Eighth-Twelfth Graders (introducing Broadway to high school students)
Recipient: Actors’ Playhouse Productions
Award: $40,000

Project: Theater Lab (expanding performance art and literary residency opportunities)
Recipient: Deering Estate Foundation
Award: $35,000

Project: Murals for Dorsey Park (murals engage young people with Overtown’s art, history)
Recipient: Urgent Inc.
Award: $35,000

Project: An Open, Friendly Space for Filmmakers (building community among filmmakers)
Recipient: Open Lab
Award: $35,000

Project: Arts Garage Jazz Project (a creative hub for culture in palm beach)
Recipient: Creative City Collaborative DBA Arts Garage
Award: $30,000

Project: A Three-Day Art hackathon (using hackathons to connect technology and art)
Recipient: The LAB Miami
Award: $30,000

Project: Reading Queer (series celebrates genre- and gender-bending literature)
Recipients: Paula Kolek and Neil de la Flor
Award: $30,000

Project: Adoption of Western Fairly Tales (demystifying Indian classical dance)
Recipient: Ranjana Warier
Award: $25,000

Project: Strengthening Alternative Theater (innovating Miami’s theatrical experience)
Recipient: The Project [theatre]
Award: $25,000

Project: Hot Topics Artist Series (creating discussion around the visual arts)
Recipient: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Award: $20,000

Project: International Noise Conference (experimental music event for South Florida musicians)
Recipient: Frank Falestra
Award: $15,000

Project: The Hip-Hop Symphony (celebrating a hip-hop symphony)
Recipient: Pablo Malco Foundation
Award: $10,000

Click below for videos about past Knight winners:



Knights Art Challenge