Daily: Knight Grants

What a year it has been! We hope you’ve enjoyed following our journey covering all the best art exhibitions in Charlotte, interviewing some of our best talents, and generally supporting the visual arts. We’ve had a blast! We’re signing off until 2017 and taking the next few days to relax, reflect and spend time with loved ones. We hope you’ll be doing the same, and also thinking about applying for our grant… but we have one more quick announcement we’d like to share.


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A few days ago, the Knight Foundation announced nearly $600,000 in grants to 21 Charlotte arts organization. What an amazing gift to our community! We’re excited to see every one of these projects come to life:

  • Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte ($25,000) To commission and produce two original works on one theme – one created from the vantage point of adults, the other of and for children
  • ArtPop ($25,000) To bring the work of 20 local artists to more people by expanding community programming around ArtPop, which displays art on billboards and other available media space
  • Arts and Science Council of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ($75,000) To help emerging cultural organizations improve their ability to adapt to 21st century trends in philanthropy, organizational development and audience engagement through a workshop series and individual coaching
  • Bechtler Museum ($25,000) To expand the museum’s programming beyond its walls by providing access to art and arts education to seniors, the incarcerated, people with limited sight and others
  • Caroline Calouche & Co. ($25,000) To engage Charlotte audiences in contemporary dance and circus arts with a new, site-specific outdoor show at First Ward Park in September 2017
  • Charlotte Black Film Festival ($5,000) To increase opportunities for black filmmakers and actors in Charlotte and to bring more films by African-Americans to local audiences by supporting the 2017 festival
  • Charlotte Center for Literary Arts ($25,000) To bring poetry into everyday spaces through 4x4CLT, which combines four poems from acclaimed poets with four works of art from local and regional artists, on posters that will be displayed in public spaces
  • Charlotte Film Society ($25,000) To increase access to independent films and filmmakers through the Charlotte Film Lab series, which brings national talent to the city to screen films and host discussions about their work
  • Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, a program of the Levine Jewish Community Center, ($5,000) To entice young adult audiences to the festival with films and participatory events that focus on the meaning of and search for identity
  • Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Society ($25,000) To engage new audiences in classical music with a performance of an unexpected mash-up of Brahms and Radiohead
  • Clayworks ($8,000) To increase access to renowned artists working in clay by bringing four professionals to the organization’s 10th anniversary symposium, which took place in May 2016
  • Jazz Arts Initiative ($60,000) To bring iconic jazz music to more residents by expanding the monthly series Jazz Room at The Stage Door Theater
  • Mint Museum of Art ($75,000) To bring an acclaimed exhibit to Charlotte that focuses on the range of work being created today in the United States by contemporary artists who live outside of New York and Los Angeles
  • Opera Carolina ($25,000) To bring opera into people’s everyday lives by supporting Opera Unlimited, a series of small-scale performances, in conjunction with community partners, that reached 25,000 people last year
  • OnQ Performing Arts ($30,000) To refine, record and present in Charlotte the play “Miles & Coltrane,” an original work developed by OnQ that has toured internationally
  • One Voice Chorus ($10,000) To tell the story of Alan Turing, a computer scientist who helped the British break the Nazi’s secret codes and was later prosecuted for being gay, by performing the U.S. premiere of composer James McCarthy’s “Codebreaker” in partnership with the Nashville Harmony Chorus
  • Wall Poems ($50,000) To provide a space for artists to experiment by hosting six artist residencies with open studio hours at the Goodyear Arts Center, culminating in December 2016
  • Que-OS ($35,000) To support cutting-edge art through the 2017 BOOM Festival, a three-day fringe festival of dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken word performances at three venues in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood
  • XOXO Performance ($30,000) To explore the question, “What is the American dream in the 21st century,” through an immersive theater piece based on interviews of Charlotte residents and structured partly as a “choose-your-own-adventure” experience through Uptown”
  • Tosco Music ($5,000) To expand Tosco Music’s sing-a-long series, which engages senior audiences in musical performances
  • 100 Word Film Festival ($10,416) To help professional and student filmmakers develop storytelling skills through an innovative festival that democratizes the filmmaking process

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