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Congrats to 2011 Knight Arts Challenge Winners!

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The Knight Foundation's Arts Challenge has awarded $2.9 million in matching grants to 31 culture projects in Miami. 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 over 1,300 applications, the 2011 winners include a Winter Shakespeare Festival from GableStage, more Weird Miami Bus Tours by Bas Fisher, an expanded artist residency in the Everglades, and aqua scapes at MIA by Coral Morphologic. Read on for the full list of winners, projects, and glorious art-funding dollar signs.

2011 Knight Arts Challenge Winners

Women Artists Celebrated in Art Books Series
Project: Miami Women Artists Books
Recipient: [NAME] Publications
Award: $20,000

Everglades' Artist-in-Residence Program Expands
Project: Artists in Residence in Everglades
Recipient: Artists in Residence in Everglades
Award: $30,000

Building Arts Leaders and Bridging Leadership Gaps
Project: Arts Board Marketplace
Recipient: Arts & Business Council of Miami
Award: $30,000

Artist-Led Bus Tours Explore Miami's "Weird" Side
Project: Weird Miami Bus Tours
Recipient: Bas Fisher Invitational
Award: $100,000

Temporary Public Art Pops Up Around Miami Beach
Project: TC: Temporary Contemporary, a temporary public art projects program
Recipient: Bass Museum of Art
Award: $80,000

Long-Standing Local Artists Get New Spotlight on Their Work
Project: Bridge Red Studios Project Space
Recipient: Bridge Red
Award: $15,000

Ceramic Enthusiasts Get New Tools
Project: CLM Center for Ceramics
Recipient: Ceramic League of Miami
Award: $25,000

Workshops Teach Traditional Haitian Art
Project: The Haitian Heritage Art Project
Recipient: City of Miami Little Haiti Cultural Center
Award: $75,000

Training, Mentorship for Playwrights
Project: CityWrights Miami - A Professional Weekend for Playwrights
Recipient: City Theatre
Award: $75,000

Multimedia Coral Reefs at MIA Build Excitement for New Miami Science Museum
Project: Aqua/Cultural Transformation: The New Miami Science Museum
Recipient: Coral Morphologic
Award: $150,000

Cuban Masters in Exile Bring Works to Miami
Project: Sweet Home Museo Cubano
Recipient: Cuban Museum
Award: $100,000

Contemporary Art Space Engages Community with Experimental Work
Project: Dimensions Variable: Experimental Projects
Recipient: Dimensions Variable/Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
Award: $40,000

Opera Draws New Audiences with Performances in Unexpected Places
Project: Unexpected Opera in Unexpected Places
Recipient: Florida Grand Opera
Award: $240,000

Winter Shakespeare Festival Brings Together Royal Shakespeare Company and GableStage with Acclaimed Local Playwright
Project: Winter Shakespeare Festival - New Audience, Old Master, Outdoors and Free
Recipient: GableStage
Award: $120,000

New Residency Program Cultivates Performing Artists
Project: Inkub8 Residency Program
Recipient: Inkub8
Award: $50,000

Performing Artists Receive Professional Development Training
Project: MDC Live! at Miami Dade College
Recipient: Miami Dade College
Award: $40,000

Exhibit Sparks Dialogue About a 20th Century Art Movement
Project: CoBrA - Multidisciplinary Response to International Collaboration
Recipient: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Award: $300,000

Dance Lessons Help Develop Creativity in Special-Needs Students
Project: Inclusive Dance - Benefits for All - Expanding the Boundaries
Recipient: Karen Peterson and Dancers
Award: $10,000

Festival Celebrates Overtown's Rich Artistic Heritage
Project: Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival
Recipient: Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival
Award: $50,000

Future of Ballet Supported Through New Works Fund
Project: Miami City Ballet's New Works Fund
Recipient: Miami City Ballet
Award: $300,000

Downtown Miami to Get Free Concerts - Year-Round
Project: Downtown Miami Concert Series - Summer Shows at the Gusman
Recipient: Miami Downtown Development Authority
Award: $100,000

Popular Local Opera Series Expands
Project: Classical Opera Staging for Young Talents
Recipient: Miami Lyric Opera
Award: $40,000

Free Music and Dance Concerts Expand in Parks
Project: Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights
Recipient: Miami-Dade Parks
Award: $100,000

A Mentor for Teen Writers
Project: Writer-in-Residence: Young Adult Fiction
Recipient: Miami-Dade Public Library System
Award: $20,000

New Wing at MOCA - Where Kids Learn to Love Art
Project: MOCA Art Institute at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Recipient: Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Award: $300,000

New Dance Company Helps Develop Next Generation of Performers
Project: Peter London Global Dance Theater
Recipient: Peter London Global Dance Theater
Award: $120,000

Local Record Label Promotes Engagement Through Experimental Music
Project: Worthy Spectacles and Obsolete Mediums
Recipient: Roofless Records
Award: $20,000

Latino Theater Greats to Participate in International Hispanic Theatre Festival
Project: Miami: Hispanic Cultural Capital of the U.S.
Recipient: Teatro Avante
Award: $150,000

Mentors for African-American Playwrights
Project: New Play Series
Recipient: The M Ensemble Company
Award: $25,000

New Dance Thinking in Miami
Project: "Is Paris Burning?"
Recipient: Tigertail Productions
Award: $75,000

Spirit of Haiti's Art Lives in New Exhibit and Workshops
Project: Edouard Duval Carrié  - The Spirit of Haiti
Recipient: Young at Art Museum
Award: $100,000

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