Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice to helps art mission in Detroit

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 3.29.24 PMFour Detroit-area arts organizations have been competing since Aug. 17 to win the most votes from the public for a $20,000 prize in the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award.
The voting period will come to an end at 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14.
The contest, which highlights the work and contributions of the city’s small arts organizations, is part of the Knight Arts Challenge, now in its third year of funding the best ideas for the arts in Detroit.  Nearing the end of the one-month voting period, supporters are still able to cast a vote via text message for one of the four grassroots cultural organizations.
The winner will receive $20,000 in support from Knight Foundation for a project of their choosing.
The 2015 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice nominees are:
Detroit Youth Volume: Detroit Youth Volume: To record an album featuring eastside violin students performing classical pieces with local hip-hop artists’ beats.
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Hamtramck Free School: To publish a series of poetry, critical writing, visual art chapbooks produced by incarcerated men who meet for a weekly writing workshop in a prison outside of Detroit.
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Heritage Works: To take a group of Detroit-area youth to West Africa, to learn firsthand about traditions of storytelling and dance that Heritage Works teaches in Detroit.
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Stitching Up Detroit/Grace in Action: To launch a youth-led community print space in Southwest Detroit, creating neighborhood access to screen printing while allowing youth to develop creative design, leadership and job skills.
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This year’s People’s Choice nominees were chosen from 70 finalists in the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit. Each group is still eligible for a challenge grant from Knight Foundation.
To learn more about the projects and view videos of their work, visit knightarts.org/peopleschoice

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