» 2008-2011 KNWA



PAST AWARDS 2008,  2009, 2010, 2011

FAN in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  awarded  $150,000 to four arts organizations with Knight New Work Award Grant .

KNWA is a grant  presented to an arts organization in Miami-Dade County for a quality premiere to be shown or performed in Miami-Dade County which would reach out to a broad cross section of the population by innovative means.  The purpose of the grant was to raise the profile of Miami-Dade County as an arts location worthy of a premiere; enhance the arts experiences of our citizens ; and reach and develop audiences who might not have otherwise  been able to attend.


In 2011 the KNWA  grant was awarded to the New World Symphony for Opening Fanfare.

Building on its unique role on classical music as a dynamic educational institution with the outward expression of a symphony orchestra, New World Symphony has co-commissioned a new symphonic work, Opening Fanfare, by distinguished, young African-American Composer, James Lee III. To be premiered under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Center in October 2011, Opening Fanfare will also be Wallcast to thousands who may attend, free of charge, in the adjacent Southscape Park before it is performed by other orchestras across the country.


In 2010 the Grant was awarded to Tigertail Productions Inc. for Global Caribbean II.

Global Caribbean II is a collaborative project among Tigertail, Haitian Cultural Alliance and Culturefrance. A commision of new work for exhibit in Miami at the Little Haiti cultural Center by three outstanding, interdisciplinary Haitian visual artists who were impacted by the earthquake. The artists selected and the exhibit curated by Edouard Duval Carrie, internationally renown Haitian-born and Miami-based visual artist and sculptor. The exhibt aims to reeal the contemporary face of Haiti by bringing contemporary rather than flokloric art work of excellence into prominence during Art Basel.


In 2009 the Grant was awarded to Disapora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator for “Elusive Landscapes”.  As part of its Off The Wall Experimental Lab Series, DVCA will present a multi-media public art project by Miami-based artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez. Elusive Landscapes is a site specific film installation, presented in 5 Miami neighborhoods on separate evenings over the course of 6 months ( June to November 2010), culminating in a solo exhibition, featuring film footage from all sites, with video and still images from each installation.

Rodriguez, an artist whose work has consistently combined a tactile, experimental approach to the 16mm genre and a dedication to the expansion of this discipline, especially in to the realm of public art and performance, will present this large-scale public art project that celebrates natural landscapes in urban environments through the magic of hand crafted film.


In 2008 the grant was awarded to the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum for “Thougths on Democracy” reinterpreting Norman Rockwell’s  Four Freedoms  Posters.   60 contemporary artists reinterpreted the four basic ideals expressed in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech to congress in 1941, which envisioned a world founded upon four essential freedoms – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Want and Freedom from Fear”. The resulting exhibit was accessible to the entire community through free admission, innovative outreach and planned interactions on the web and seminars.

In September 2009 the exhibition will be part of the “Art in Public Place” exhibition at Miami Beach City Hall.