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Feb. 16, 2018 12:58 pm

New round of Knight Foundation grants for art orgs embracing tech

Philly artists and cultural institutions: pitch your “digitally-driven approaches” to audience engagement. Winners will receive $50,000 grants from the Knight Prototype Fund.
The challenge is open to individual artists as well as organizations.

The challenge is open to individual artists as well as organizations.

(Image courtesy of the Knight Foundation)

The Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund has $1 million in grants available for artists and cultural institutions looking to infuse tech into their approach to audiences.

The call for ideas, launched Thursday and open to creators and organizations across the U.S., will back the grantees with $50,000 to prototype new ways for connecting audiences with artistic creation. Aside from the cash, the winners will also receive training in innovation methods and will get a chance to share lessons with the national group of grantees.

Apply by March 6

“There are a few guiding questions that are driving this search,” said Patrick Morgan, the foundation’s Philadelphia program director. “The first is: how can projects help build an art organization’s expanded use of tech? How can we use tech to create unique, deep experiences? How can that be replicated in and around the arts?”

(Full disclosure: Our sister site Generocity worked in partnership with the Knight Foundation on Tech in The Commons, an event series aimed at connecting nonprofit organizations with tech tools.)

Morgan said the call was open to individuals and organizations looking to quickly prototype ideas. While the call is national, the foundation has physical presence in eight cities (Philly being one of them) and deploys programming in 18 other communities.

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