South Florida Sun-Sentinel
On the Scene
December 29, 2010
Funding Arts Broward! (FAB!) was recently the recipient of a $150,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With this grant, FAB will establish the “Knight New Work Awards” which they believe will be a catalyst for Broward County cultural presenters to innovate, to invest in the professional development of their creative personnel, to purchase necessary equipment, collaborate with guest artists, and more.
Knight New Work Awardees will be selected by a panel of arts professionals assembled by FAB!. Along with the honor, awardees will have their art displayed on an annual artist-designed poster that will be produced by FAB! and displayed throughout the county to create awareness of their works. Creative marketing and free master classes or artistic demonstrations by awardees will also cultivate new audiences in underserved communities.
It is expected by FAB! that the establishment of these New Work Awards will prove to be a game-changing event for the cultural life of Broward County. Their existence will draw new talent to the Broward community and reward existing talent.
This year the Knight Foundation awarded $3.8 million in grants in South Florida as part of the Knight Arts Challenge but only three in Broward; the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood ($25,000), FAB! ($150,000) and William Stewart’s Rhythm of Africa Music Program ($25,000). FAB!’s grant was among the largest for this program. This is a testament to the work that the leadership of FAB! has done in the community.
Since 2003, FAB! has awarded more than $1 million to more than 30 arts organizations in Broward County. FAB! was formed in response to significant decreases in government arts funding. FAB!’s mission is to enrich the Broward County arts community by funding high quality Broward County based visual and performing arts programming. For more information visit http://www.fundingartsbroward.org.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge is a five-year, $40 million initiative to bring South Florida together through the arts. For more information visit http://www.knightfoundation.org. •