“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay.”
• Lynda Barry, 2019 United States Artists Fellow
Great art has the power to illuminate our stories, shaping our perception of what is real and giving light to what is possible. The arts create new narratives, whether through the written word, visual languages, music, or the language of movement.
These narratives provoke us to question our understanding of the world. They lead us to challenge the notions of who we are, who our neighbors are, and how we relate to them. They invite us to reconsider the places where we live and how spaces can be used and improved. They inspire us to look at the world differently and can transform our view of it. The arts are a window into what is and, more importantly, what could be.
Knight Foundation, whose mission is to support informed and engaged communities, funds the arts for its ability to connect people to places and to each other. We recognize that the arts are a potent vehicle for learning, can move people to action, and are essential to making our communities stronger. That’s why we want high-quality art to be seen, heard, and experienced everywhere.
So, what’s your best idea for the arts?
Submissions are now open in Akron for the Knight Arts Challenge. We want to hear your ideas for great art projects that connect us to one another and to the places where we live, work and play; and, specifically, those projects that authentically represent your city, its communities, and the perspectives of people in them.
Great ideas can come from anywhere, so the Knight Arts Challenge is open to all: individuals, collectives, nonprofits, and for profits. All are encouraged to apply, and all it takes is a 150-word description of your idea.
We don’t tell artists what to create or organizations what to present. The broad range of the nearly 1,000 projects supported by the challenge to date is proof. Their common thread is artistic excellence.
We want to learn your perspective, amplify your voice and, through our investment, bring your idea to life.
Residents may apply at kf.org/kac.
For Knight Arts Challenge updates, follow #knightarts and @knightfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and Knight Foundation on Facebook.
For complete details on how to apply to the challenge, visit knightarts.org.