Your Favorite Miami Arts Orgs Share This One Thing in Common

October 17, 2017admin

When looking out at Miami’s booming art scene, we begin to wonder how these arts organizations and cultural institutions came about. Being successful in the creative sphere is no small feat, and being successful in Miami is even more difficult. As you begin to break down all the now household names, from performing art centers to weekly film binges, one common thread becomes exposed: Knight Foundation. Many of your favorite artistic things to do in Miami have all been past grant-winners in their Knight Arts Challenge, which is celebrating 10 years of supporting our city’s art scene.

Check out which of the most innovative and powerful organizations have won in the past:

When we talk about colossal museums and cultural institutions, virtually every one in the city has been supported by the Knight Foundation and their KAC to some extent. From the original and the brand new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, The Adrienne Arsht Center‘s vibrant season calendars, The Bass Museum on Miami Beach, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens‘ extensive historical restoration, and even the breathtaking acres of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

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As educational as their creative support has become for the city, it has also ventured into the world of scholastic development for the future. They lent their hand in the now centralized Design & Architecture Senior High as well as the world-famous New World School of the Arts. The Miami City Ballet‘s educational program and their stellar performances have also been affected by past grant wins, and the Bakehouse Art Complex with their huge campus of international artists.

Finding a way to keep historical institutions in tact is never easy, which is why the entire Knight Arts Challenge program is essential to preserving Miami’s culture for the future. The fact that the trademark Stiltsville collection is still intact and available for exploration is due in part to KAC as well as Pinecrest Gardens and their popular markets. The art deco Betsy Hotel and it’s extensive music program is also on the list, fitting right in Miami Light Project‘s support of Knight Foundation grantees, Nu Deco Ensemble.

But looking at the current trends in art and culture is also important to ensure that creative disciplines stay relevant in the ever-evolving world. With KAC’s deep support of the independent film scene in Miami, things like Coral Gables Art Cinema, Secret Celluloid Society, and O Cinema are all alive and well. Our personal favorite record store, Sweat Records, is also in the mix. And of course, you can’t be a true local without ever having experienced the hip-shaking nights at Viernes Culturales in Little Havana.