Knight Arts Challenge Winners Announced: Exile Books, Weird Miami, and More

The Custom House Museum in Key West. The Key West Art and Historical Society received the Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award this year.
The Custom House Museum in Key West. The Key West Art and Historical Society received the Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award this year.
Courtesy of KWAHS

The Knight Foundation announced its Arts Challenge winners this week, awarding 47 projects that will share in $2.29 million. To qualify, the projects must be about art, must take place in or benefit Miami, and the winners must find funds to match the Knight grant within a year.

Out of nearly 1,200 applications, the 2014 winners include Bookleggers' community mobile library, the national expansion of Weird Miami Bus Tours by Bas Fisher, Amanda Keeley's roaming artist books pop-up, Exile Books, HistoryMiami's proposed photography center, and more.

Receiving even more bucks is the Key West Art and Historical Society, who won the People's Choice Award and $20,000 cash by getting the most text votes from the public.

Read on for the full list of winners.

See also: Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Key West Art & Historical Society Preserves Memories of the Island

2014 Knight Arts Challenge Winners

Exile Books: Pop-up Art Book Store Ignites Conversation

Recipient: Amanda Keeley

Award: $50,000

City of Progress Project Preserves Analog Recordings in a Digital World

Recipient: Andrew Yeomanson (DJ Le Spam)

Award: $35,000

Wild Billboards Bring Everglades into the City

Recipient: Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE)

Award: $60,000

Weird Miami Tours Go National

Recipient: BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational)

Award: $150,000

Bookleggers' Mobile Library Expands Outreach

Recipient: Bookleggers

Amount: $30,000

Books & Books Brings Author Events Online

Recipient: Books & Books

Award: $80,000

Street Performers Bring Downtown to Life

Recipient: Buskerfest Miami!

Award: $10,000

Microgrant Program for Experimental Art Expands

Recipient: Cannonball

Award: $150,000

Microtheater Expands in Downtown

Recipient: Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana

Award: $50,000

Doral Brings New Arts Programming to West Dade

Recipient: City of Doral

Award: $60,000

Festival Explores African Culture Through Music

Recipient: Community Arts and Culture

Amount: $40,000

Cultural Exchange Planned for Miami and Havana

Recipient: Elizabeth Cerejido

Award: $60,000

Fort Lauderdale Arts Space Provides Home for Experimental Work

Recipient: FATVillage Arts District

Award: $80,000

Electronic Music and Sound from the Americas Featured in New Series

Recipient: Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA)

Award: $15,000

Hialeah Collective Engages City in the Arts

Recipient: HICCUP

Award: $15,000

HistoryMiami Launches Photo Center

Recipient: HistoryMiami

Award: $150,000

Upcoming Events

Dance Festival Highlights Afro-Cuban Culture

Recipient: IFE-ILE

Award: $15,000

New inkub8 Lab Helps Artistic Voices Grow

Recipient: inkub8

Award: $30,000

Super Bowl of Poetry Coming to Broward

Recipient: Jason Taylor Foundation

Award: $50,000

Kinetic Sculpture Parade Comes to Key West

Recipient: Key West Art & Historical Society

Award: $15,000

Book Series Puts Spotlight on Miami Photographers of the '70s and '80s

Recipient: Letter 16 Press

Award: $20,000

Haitian Rara Music Celebrated with New Youth Program

Recipient: Little Haiti Cultural Center

Award: $50,000

Young Students Trained in Urban Dance

Recipient: Live in Color Dance Collective

Award: $20,000

Mariachi Academy Comes to South Dade

Recipient: Mexican American Council

Award: $60,000

Artists and Architects Meet to Inspire New Ideas

Recipient: Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)

Award: $15,000

Stories of Modern-Day Marines Told in Multimedia Work

Recipient: MDC Live Arts

Award: $50,000

Teaching Artists to Get New Training at Miami Music Project

Recipient: Miami Music Project

Award: $75,000

Prominent Alums Celebrate African Cultural Center's 40th Anniversary

Recipient: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Award: $75,000

Fashion As Art is Focus of New Museum

Recipient: Museum of Fashion

Award: $25,000

Classic Film Series Expands at the Cosford

Recipient: Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies

Award: $15,000

New Ensemble Focuses on Music and Multimedia Performances

Recipient: Nu Deco Ensemble

Award: $75,000

New Miami Publishing House Features Local Works

Recipient: Jai-Alai Books

Award: $40,000

Design District Gallery Focuses on Artistic Values

Recipient: Oliver Sanchez

Award: $15,000

Olympia Theater Expands Downtown Arts Series

Recipient: Olympia Theater at Gusman Center

Award: $50,000

Artistic Transformation Planned for Opa-locka Thoroughfare

Recipient: Opa-locka Community Development Corporation

Award: $100,000

Art Meets Science at Frost Science Performance Series

Recipient: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Award: $15,000

Choreographers Bring Dance to Unexpected Locations

Recipient: Pioneer Winter / Pioneer Winter Collective

Award: $20,000

Cultural Mash-up Mixes Indian Dance with Afro-Caribbean Poetry

Recipient: Ranjana Warier

Award: $35,000

Collective Challenges Artistic Boundaries Through Technology and Performing Arts

Recipient: Sound and Vision

Award: $10,000

Stiltsville to Host Artist-in-Residence Program

Recipient: Stiltsville Trust

Award: $25,000

South Dade Children Gain Access to Choral Music Program

Recipient: The Children's Voice Chorus

Award: $25,000

The Screening Room Brings Films and Video Installations to Wynwood

Recipient: The Screening Room

Award: $25,000

Festival Pushes Caribbean Avant-Garde in Miami

Recipient: Third Horizon Media

Award: $50,000

Trinity Cathedral to Double as Performance Space

Recipient: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Award: $30,000

Brazilian Music Institute Heads to Broward

Recipient: University of Florida, College of Fine Arts, School of Music

Award: $75,000

Local Students Jam with Jazz Greats

Recipient: Village of Pinecrest, Pinecrest Gardens

Award: $75,000

Virginia Key Festival Features World Music, Dance

Recipient: Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art and Dance

Award: $75,000

The Knight Arts Challenge will open for applications again in early 2015.

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