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Take up the challenge

Banner-kac-633 The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has done all kinds of good both at home and around the nation.  The foundation has awarded millions in grant money to support innovative journalism and community programs -- and, here in South Florida, to support arts groups, institutions and individuals with creative ideas that can benefit those who live here.

Precious little of the grant money in the first two years of the Knight Arts Challenge, however, has gone to funding theater-related programs.  Teatro Avante was among the 2009 winners, getting a grant to add a Latin American theater conference to the 25th annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival coming up in July.  And other than a 2008 grant to Miami Light Project for its annual Here & Now Festival, that's about it, theater-wise.

So if you work in theater and have a great idea, now would be the time to put a proposal  together and submit it. The 2010 Knight Arts Challenge has a March 15 deadline, and on March 9, there's an information session at the LIttle Haiti Cultural Complex, 260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami.

As the Challenge promotional materials note, the requirements are simple: 1. Your idea has to be about the arts; 2.  The project has to take place in or benefit South Florida; 3.  You have to raise matching funds.

How about it, theater folks?  For more info, visit the Knight Arts Challenge web site.