64 finalists to compete for $3M in Knight Arts grants

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

Some 64 finalists have been chosen from 1,000 proposals in this year’s Knight Arts Challenge, which will award $3 million to projects that are either about Detroit or will benefit the city.

The winners, who will have to raise funds to match their Knight grant, will be announced Nov. 3.

As has been the custom in the four years of the Arts Challenge, some of the ideas are very cool.

They include an open-mic series for poets under 12, hosted by a 9-year-old; a “forest of light” to be erected in Mt. Elliott Park by two Brazilian artists; and a project by The Hinterlands theater company to invite artists from China, Russia and Iran to write works about Americans and perform them in Detroit and online.

The Knight Arts Challenge is part of a $29 million investment in the city by the Miami-based Knight Foundation, first announced in 2012. The challenge will continue awarding grants through 2018.


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