Major Grant from Knight Foundation Boosts WaveMaker

Cannonball receives major boost to its WaveMaker Grants program thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. As part of the Knight Foundation’s annual Knight Arts Challenge, Cannonball received a two-year $150,000 grant to expand its WaveMaker Grants program, a re-granting initiative that supports artist-centric, artist-driven projects in Miami-Dade County. Cannonball is one of only three organizations to receive the highest award amount granted to this year’s 47 Arts Challenge winners. Knight Foundation funding will increase the amount awarded to artists in the WaveMaker Grants program.

WaveMaker Grants provides a new funding stream in Miami-Dade County to support artists’ projects that are non-commercial, non-institutional, stimulate critical thinking and dialogue, and expose audiences to innovative artistic practices typically under-recognized by traditional venues. Cannonball’s WaveMaker Grants program is initiated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is part of the Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program. As part of this program, Cannonball joins a growing national network of re-granting organizations aiming to expand and diversify cultural production in their respective communities. Cannonball’s WaveMaker Grants is the first Warhol-initiated re-granting program in the southeast and, with Knight Foundation funding, is now able to double its giving amount to $100,000. 

Artist and Cannonball Chairman Daniel Arsham is thrilled to see the Knight Foundation’s investment in WaveMaker Grants, “Having the Knight Foundation as a funding partner, along with the Warhol Foundation, allows us to invest more in the experimental, under-the-radar artist projects throughout Miami. This fresh infusion of capital not only validates these types of projects, it also expands the various types of cultural production in the city, creating a more diverse cultural ecosystem.” 

WaveMaker Grants launched earlier this year with lead support from the Warhol Foundation and is now accepting applications for its inaugural year, which will provide individual grants of up to $10,000 each. Grantees will be announced at Cannonball’s official award ceremony on February 13, 2015. To apply or to learn more about the program, please visit the WaveMaker Grants website here www.wavemakergrants.org.  

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