There are only a few groups/events/happenings that earn a post with nearly everything they do, and the Knight Arts Challenge is one of them. For those of you who don’t know what’s up, the Knight Arts Challenge awards grants each year to “the best ideas for engaging and enriching Philadelphia through the arts.” In the two challenges previous to this one, Knight Arts has awarded around $2.7 million for a variety of projects each year.
This year’s challenge, which accepted submissions in September and October, fielded 1,200 applicants, which have now been whittled down to 69 finalists, which include:
>>> Ars Nova Workshop – To honor Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy by producing a month-long festival in venues across the city during Jazz History Month
>>> Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia – To create more public art and enliven city streets by hosting a competition for artists to design new bike racks
>>> Commonwealth Youthchoirs/Pennsylvania Girlchoir – To empower girls through music by launching a large-scale choral event for seventh- to 12th-grade girls, featuring female conductors and composers
>>> WRTI – To share the talents of established and emerging musicians with the community by recording individual and ensemble performances in a state-of-the-art studio
There are tons more finalists (all of which you can see here), and the winners will be announced in the Spring, when today’s weather is more of the norm.