2015 Knight Arts Challenge Winners to be Awarded Millions at Celebration Event


Live Performances Planned Throughout Evening

People’s Choice Winner to be Announced at The Fillmore Detroit


The Knight Arts Challenge will award more than $2 million in matching grants to some of the most innovative ideas from the Detroit arts community at a celebration event at The Fillmore Detroit. The event will be complete with three live performances from local Detroit artists.

A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Detroit through the arts. The winners were chosen from close to 1,000 submissions and 70 finalists.

Additionally, the winner of the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award will be announced, the culmination of this year’s record-breaking text-to-vote campaign. Four small arts organizations were chosen to compete for the $20,000 prize, which is in addition to their Knight Arts Challenge grant, and can be used for the artistic project of their choice. Knight created the People’s Choice Award to raise the public profiles of small and emerging arts groups and their contributions to the city.

The Knight Arts Challenge winners celebration will include performances from youth dance and drumming group Heritage Works, storyteller/documentarian Marsha Music and noted singer/songwriter Britney Stoney.


Speakers will include:

–          Alberto Ibargüen – President, Knight Foundation

–          Victoria Rogers – Vice President of Arts, Knight Foundation

–          Katy Locker – Detroit Program Director, Knight Foundation

–          Tati Amare – Co-host, WDIV’s “Live in The D”

With live performances by:

–          Storyteller Marsha Music

–          Youth dance group Heritage Works

–          Musician/singer/songwriter Britney Stoney


–          Monday, Nov. 9

–          Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

–          The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.


–          The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

For more on Knight Foundation’s arts initiative and to view a full list of Knight Arts Challenge winners, visit www.KnightArts.org. Connect with Knight Foundation onFacebook, Twitter using #KnightArts and on Instagram.




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