Knight Arts has kicked off Art Week Miami for 12 straight years, elevating Miami artists as the art world arrives for Art Basel Miami Beach. During that time, Miami has transformed into a year-round arts town, powerful in its diversity, and earned its place on the world stage. Last year, instead of the Arts Challenge, Knight announced $37 million ​in new funding for Miami arts organizations.

The Knight Arts Challenge was open to residents from Palm Beach to Monroe counties, and applicants were asked to follow just three rules: 1) The idea must be about the arts; 2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida; 3) The grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.

“From large scale public art to new theatrical works, this year’s winners reflect a Miami whose artistic voice continues to mature,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president of arts at Knight Foundation. “The Knight Arts Challenge has spread its influence wider than ever before, elevating individual artists to a greater degree and offering more opportunities for the public to encounter and engage with great art. We can’t wait to see these projects come to fruition.”

The 21 Knight Arts Champions are local leaders who have played key roles in building South Florida’s rich and diverse cultural community will each direct that $10,000 be contributed to a local artist or arts organization of their choice.

The Knight Arts Challenge is a community-wide search to find and fund the best ideas for engaging and enriching Miami through the arts. This year’s 44 winners represent a broad variety of disciplines, including visual art, theater, music and dance. 

One unifying theme is:

  • Artists’ interpretations of environmental preservation and sustainability – through a photo book with images of abandoned vehicles in the Everglades; an underwater sculpture park of artificial reefs; and a multigenerational dance performance at local climate-affected locations

The 2019 Knights Arts Challenge Miami winners in the environmental, preservation and sustainability are:

A ‘57 Chevy Bel Air sits long abandoned in the greater Everglades. This and dozens of other images will tell the tale of man’s interaction with, and hopefully salvation of the greater Everglades. (Photo credit Matt Stock/Adventure Life Productions)

Adventure Life Productions ($15,000)

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades

A fine art photography book featuring a beautiful and evocative series of nighttime environmental images by Matt Stock and stories by Charles Kropke of vehicles long-abandoned in the Greater Everglades.


Fågelbo residencies at FATVillage Projects in Fort Lauderdale (Photo credit Mitchell Zachs)

Wild Beast Collective ($20,000)

Fågelbo Residency goes International with a Collaboration in Sweden

An international exchange program between South Florida and Halland, Sweden, that links artists from the subtropics and the subarctic.


Everglades Imprint at Everglades National Park (Photo Credit Mateo Serna)

NWD Projects ($28,000)

Endangered Ecological Timescapes

A physical exploration of age and youth by multigenerational performers through dance and video taken at climate-affected South Florida locations.


The full list of Knight Arts Challenge winners and Knight Arts Champions can be found here:

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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