Knight Arts Challenge Winners present creative projects to transform Green Line neighborhoods

December 3, 2015


In early October, the Knight Arts Challenge, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, selected 40 ideas that will bring art to neighborhoods across St. Paul, with $1.29 million in funding from the  Knight Arts Challenge.  The 2015 winners include large and small arts organizations, collectives and individual artists.

The winners will utilize art to energize new places and neighborhoods, engage St. Paul through movable feasts of art, add surprise and delight to everyday life, and raise awareness of important public issues.

Of the 40 winners, the following individuals and groups will artistically engage Green Line neighborhoods:

  • Flying Foot Forum: Bringing the community together with Dancing Through the Streets, a roving, summer adventure where the audience travels to performances at six Lowertown locations, culminating in a group song and dance party.
  • Naomi Cohn: Building community and increasing the well-being of older adults by engaging a professional writer to conduct high-quality arts activities with seniors in St. Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone. 
  • Mary Ellen Childs: Finding the musicality in baseball through a virtuosic, percussion performance that is influenced by real-life baseball signals and plays from St. Paul Saints coaches and players. 
  • The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Combining the talents of a 100-member community-sourced flute chorus and MacArthur Fellow and world-class flutist Claire Chase in a special performance of Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Cutting the Circle of Sounds.”
  • Karl Unnasch: Enlivening the Creative Enterprise Zone by transforming a water tower into a beacon wrapped in a backlit, contemporary stained-glass mural.
  • Public Domain Productions: Creating a community spectacle in the Hamline Midway and Frogtown neighborhoods with a nighttime lantern parade that illuminates the streets with larger-than-life mythical creatures created by local puppet artists and groups.
  • Asian Economic Development Association: Transforming the five-block Little Mekong district with an expanded, two-weekend night market that elevates the work of artists.
  • Dangerous Productions:  Enlivening Frogtown through a yearlong series of street-level pop-up performances and adventurous educational opportunities. 
  • Northern Promoting the Green Line as a creative extension of the community by using the light rail line as the backbone of the 2017 edition of Northern Spark, an all-night, multi-venue arts festival. 
  • Springboard for the Arts: Bringing together and supporting African-American artists who live and work in Rondo with local businesses and organizations to create small art projects that foster an authentic narrative for the neighborhood. 

Learn more about the Knight Arts Challenge and read more about the winners here.