Miami Knight Arts Challenge- Wynwood Finalists

The Knight Arts Challenge has released their list of 66 finalists who are vying for an opportunity to receive grants to better the Miami Arts community. At least 6 organizations are Wynwood based initiatives.


The Knight Arts Challenge, which offers matching grant money to South Florida arts organizations, announced this year’s 66 finalists this afternoon. In the mix: ideas to bring local visual art, music, film, theater, and literature to a broader audience, presented by organizations both well-known and newly formed.

Some finalists, like Art Center/South Florida, FUNDarte, and New Theatre, are seeking funding to continue or expand the work they do to bring culture to South Floridians. But there are a lot of new ideas on the table, too — projects that would continue to prove that Miami is a viable arts town.

O Cinema has its eye on yet another expansion: “To strengthen a center for independent film by upgrading equipment and adding a second auditorium to expand film offerings.”

Miami Biennale, the organization behind Wynwood’s artist-designed crosswalks, have turned their eye on the rest of the neighborhood. They’re requesting funds “to have Wynwood’s urban infrastructure reflect the creativity of its residents and businesses by artistically enhancing all aspects from crosswalks to bike racks.”

Miami Light Project To deepen the dialogue between international, national and local artists by establishing a short-term residency program

The Bakehouse Art Complex To strengthen a studio art space by updating The Bakehouse’s workshops and adding a foundry for casting metals

University of Wynwood To celebrate renowned poet Donald Justice through a new book and conference in his hometown of Miami, where he is virtually unknown

Wynwood Radio To provide a platform for the Do-It-Yourself-Spirit that fuels Wynwood by expanding an online community radio station providing streaming audio and video coverage of innovative events

One of the finalists will win Knight’s People’s Choice Award, based on South Florida votes and winning $20,000. Voting will take place later this year. Until then, you can browse the full list of projects at

For the full story visit “Miami Knight Arts Challenge Finalists: Wynwood Renovations, a Nigerian Film Festival, O Cinema Expansion” on Miami New Times