While cultural institutions work to attract new audiences, two of the nation's most illustrious foundations are looking for the newest models for arts journalism in the 21st century.
The Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge will seek new models and ideas for sustaining arts journalism in the 21st century in eight cities across America, including Detroit. Up to $100,000 is available for each project; first round winners will receive $20,000 to develop an action plan for new models that can be replicated in another cities.
"No idea is too unusual," Scholl said. "Embedding a nonprofit reporter
in a for-profit news organization? Creating a new collective to share
professional work? Asking the community to decide which arts stories are
best and put up the money to cover those? Have better ideas that never
would have occurred to us on our own? Fill out the application form,
and send them in. The best ideas may well be the ones that stretch our
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