56 Arts Ideas Get $2.1 Million to Shape Detroit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A documentary celebrating Detroit's 1970s Jit dance craze, a competition showcasing the city's jazz scene and an after school program on classical Arab music are among the 56 projects that will receive some of the $2.1 million awarded in the first Detroit Knight Arts Challenge.

The program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching the city through arts. Winners were announced Saturday from more than 1,400 entries.

Applicants had to answer one question: What's your best idea for the arts? The idea had to be about the arts and take place in or benefit Detroit. Recipients must match funds within a year.

The $20,000 winner of the Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award will be announced on Tuesday.

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