This year's Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia finalists were announced today, featuring a crop of fantastic ideas for the arts in Philly that are in the running for grant funding from Knight Arts, a program of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.
For this year's Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, more than 1,200 ideas were submitted by individuals, arts groups, cultural institutions, and community organizations, and these 69 rose to the top. Among them: a design competition for new bike racks, an art project to improve the appearance of "steam vent diversion pipes," a plan to convert an alley into an outdoor gallery/park space, lots of popup arts projects to activate public spaces, and beyond. Winners will be announced in spring, but for now imagine the ways each of these ideas could enrich city life.
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.