Knight Foundation names South Florida Arts Champions and Arts Challenge grant winners

December 2, 2019

What do a photo book on abandoned cars in the Everglades, a play about Miami’s immigrant hotel workers, an artificial reef designed by artists, and a world-class guitar festival all have in common?

They are some of the winners of this year’s Arts Challenge grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Now in its 11th year, the arts program will provide grants totaling $1.8 million to 44 artists and arts organization across South Florida to bring their ideas to fruition. All grantees must find funds to match the Knight awards.


The Miami-based foundation will announce the winners Monday night during a ceremony at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Since 2005, the foundation has given $165 million to South Florida artists and arts and cultural groups.


Knight also recognized 21 community leaders as “champions of the arts.” Each champion designated an artist or cultural group of their choice for a $10,000 Knight gift.