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

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

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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