How might cultural institutions use technology to connect people to the arts?
Technology can radically advance the way people access and participate in the arts, helping cultural institutions reach people where they are, keep pace with audience preferences and create fresh avenues for creative expression. We are launching this open call for ideas to explore digitally-driven approaches that galleries, museums, performing arts centers, theaters, and arts organizations of all genres might use to inspire audiences.
Knight Foundation will run the call through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people quickly develop and test early-stage ideas. We recognize that no single solution fits all contexts and communities. Our goal is to accelerate technology development in the arts, learn from experiments and share lessons with the field.
Applicants don’t necessarily have to work for an organization. We’re looking for ideas from arts organizations, artists, technologists, designers, educators, researchers and others inside or outside of institutions who are eager to experiment. We’re open to diverse approaches and perspectives on the use of technology to connect people to the arts, and seek to identify projects that have the potential to be replicated by others in the field.
We expect to award a share of up to $1 million with an average grant size of $50,000. In addition to funding, grantees will also benefit from training in innovation methods and opportunities to learn from others in the group. The deadline to submit your idea is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 6, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2018.
If you have questions, attend our office hours from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Feb. 21. Join here.
Update Feb. 21, 2018: If you missed our office hours session, check out a recording to get your questions answered.
U.S. based individuals or organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) may apply.