Knight Foundation invests in local arts organizations
Long known for its commitment to the arts, the Knight Foundation is supporting arts institutions that need more support than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, the organization continues its support with the announcement of a $2.2 million investment in nine Miami arts organizations.
This latest investment follows the foundation’s Knight New Work 2020, during which 18 Miami-based artists were awarded $10,000 each to create new performing arts works that reimagine how the performing arts are created and experienced during COVID-19 and beyond.
“With the challenges of the pandemic, we’re seeing that the arts are more essential than ever,” said Victoria Rogers, Knight’s vice president for arts. “Knight’s investments in these Miami arts and cultural organizations build on our vision of a Miami where art is inclusive and accessible to all, even amid a pandemic.”
The grantees are finding new ways to share art during the pandemic and the funding from the Knight Foundation is set to support these innovations, including technological ones.
“Arts organizations have not only had to pivot in how they produce and promote their work, but they’ve also incorporated new strategies to increase their reach during a time of physical distancing and beyond,” said Priya Sircar, Knight’s arts program director. “Our investments recognize the incredible work these organizations do and accelerate their ability to expand programming, incorporate digital strategies, and in some cases hire new personnel to help increase audience engagement.”
Below are the grantees and their upcoming projects.