Philanthropy: New $5 Million Knight Cities Challenge Opens October 1, 2014



Knight Cities Challenge offers $5 million for innovations that make cities more successful
Ideas should benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities

MIAMI — Sept. 16, 2014 — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced the Knight Cities Challenge, seeking new ideas that make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

It will launch on Oct. 1, with applications being accepted until Nov. 14. The challenge is open to innovators of all types: architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, as well as governments and organizations. The initial application, which will be available starting Oct. 1 at consists of just two questions and is designed to be simple to encourage a diversity of applications.

The Knight Cities Challenge is a new initiative, complementing the Knight News Challenge and Knight Arts Challenge. There are only two rules for the challenge:

1) A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of 26 Knight communities.

2) The idea should focus on one or all of three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

“We are looking for ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities,” said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president for community and national initiatives. “To succeed cities need talented people who can contribute to their growth, new opportunities that are open to all, and ways to engage people to spur connections and civic action.”

We are looking to discover new civic innovations and to be surprised by ideas not prescribe them, but we’re encouraging ideas that support key drivers of city success:
Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest
Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides
Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement

As a way to encourage ideas, Knight Foundation will host Community Q&A sessions in each of the 26 Knight communities. The events, starting in October, will offer tips on preparing applications, information on the challenge, and a chance to talk to Knight staff on how to craft a great submission. Check our blog and follow us on Twitter @knightfdn #knightcities for scheduling updates.

Virtual office hours for those who want to learn more are also being held from 3 to 4 p.m. ET Oct. 1. Participants can access the meeting online ( using ID 448 711 858), or participate via phone at 1-888-240-2560. More dates for virtual office hours will be announced soon.

The 26 Knight cities include eight communities that have a resident program director: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Macon, Ga.; Miami; Philadelphia; St. Paul, Minn.; and San Jose, Calif. In 18 cities community foundations guide: Aberdeen, S.D.; Biloxi, Miss.; Boulder, Colo.; Bradenton, Fla.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Duluth, Minn.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Gary, Ind.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Lexington, Ky.; Long Beach, Calif.; Milledgeville, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Palm Beach County, Fla.; State College, Penn.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Wichita, Kan.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Miami Attractions Month 10/1/14 – 10/31/14

Miami Attractions Month
Sunday, 10/01/2014 – 10/31/2014 08:00 am –
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700,
Miami, Florida 33231
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Cost: Buy 1 Get 1 Free

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launches its sixth annual Miami Attractions Month (October 1 – October 31) bringing locals and visitors Buy One, Get One Free Admissions to the destination’s leading attractions. For the second year in a row, MasterCard is a program partner, allowing for consumers to save an additional 10 percent on purchases made with their MasterCard – from admissions to food to souvenirs in the gift shops.

Product / Neat Ice Kit

Studio Neat Ice Kit Do you have ice envy? Do you walk into your favorite watering hole and think, “wow, why doesn’t my ice at home look that clear and perfect?”

We certainly do. Along with 2,274 other backers on Kickstarter.

Luckily for us, we’ve found a solution to that problem with the Neat Ice Kit. The guys that created this kit figured out a way to freeze the ice in a special insulated silicon cube that allows the air and impurities to sink to the bottom and the clear water rise to the top. This way when the cube is made the upper half is perfectly clear — like you see in high-end bars and dining establishments — while the bottom holds all the impurities. You then split the ice with the provided ice chisel and mallet to break the clear off ice from the foggy side.

Don’t waste the “impure” ice however, it’s still perfectly good it is just better suited for drinks that are shaken.

The kit shows you how to create ice cubes for any drink your making. Use a the whole ice cube for a drink that requires slow melting like an Old Fashioned, cube the ice into quarters for a drink like a Tom Collins, or smash it with the provided canvas “Lewis” bag and make crushed ice. Not only is that a fun technique to show off to your friends, but it’s guaranteed to help you get some pent up anger out.

The Neat Ice Kits are sold online here for $55 for a one mold kit and $75 for a two mold kit.

Want to make some perfect clear ice for yourself? Enter our Neat Ice Kit giveaway below. One lucky reader will win a kit of their own courtesy of Studio Neat. Winner will be announced Monday, the 22nd.
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Third Edition of the Downtown Miami Gallery Night 9/19/14

Third Edition of the Downtown Miami Gallery Night
GallerynightFriday, Sept, 19, 2014 from 3:00 PM -9:00 PM
Embarcadero 41 @ 168 SE 1st St.
Utlra Smile Dentistry @ 168 SE 1st St.
Historic Ingraham Building @ 25 Se 2nd. Ave. (Lobby)
Downtown Miami, FL

Stroll the Central Business District to three locations within one block to enjoy lite bites/ beverage tastings, art and artisanal products.

This Event is produced by the Urban Tour Host specializing in a holistic approach including the History, Culture and Ecology of Greater Miami Destination.

Through the Eyes of Another-Living With MS 9/20/14

Through the Eyes of Another-Living With MS
Saturday, 09/20/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
IMG_6834Anhinga Clay Studios, Inc
4600 SW 75 Ave,
Miami, Florida 33155
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Through the Eyes of Another-Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) … During the summer Anhinga Clay Studios, Inc. worked with members of the @Neuroscience Centers South Florida, Inc . through a series of classes and workshops to create their own unique pottery and sculptural works. The culmination of this wonderful collaboration will be an exhibition of artwork created by individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis. The exhibit “Through the Eyes of Another” will be on display one night only during the September 20th Bird Road Art Walk.

The classes and exhibition are made possible through the generous support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural and a grant written by the Neuroscience Centers of Florida Foundation, Inc.

Anhinga Clay Studios | 4600 SW 75 Ave | Miami | 33155 | Bird Road Art District | 786.333.5634

Celebrity Stylist Yair Vaknin Expands His Talents to Downtown Miami Opening YSV Salon at Quantum on The Bay 9/17/14

Celebrity Stylist Yair Vaknin Expands His Talents to Downtown Miami Opening YSV Salon at Quantum on The Bay
Wednesday, 09/17/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
mail-1YSV Salon
1900 N Bayshore Drive,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Celebrity Hairstylist Yair Vaknin is bringing glamour to Downtown Miami, opening the doors to his salon YSV at Quantum on The Bay. Its chic yet welcoming decor aims to do just that, invite customers to enjoy salon services with some of the best professionals in the industry at a great price point.

Vaknin has worked with celebrities such as Paula Abdul, Christina Milian, Romero Britto and heartthrob William Levy, as well as managing his pop up salon in Miami Beach.

YSV aims to fill a void for locals looking for a place they can go to regularly near home and/or work. The full-service salon will offer manis, pedis, hair coloring, cuts, massages, waxing and much more! Tapping into the social media craze guest will also enjoy a before and after Photo Booth showing off their new look to all of their friends! This soon to be local’s paradise opens its doors September 17, 2014; and will operate Monday – Sunday 8:30AM – 8:00PM, whether you are a stay at home mom or a workaholic YSV will sure make time to pamper you.

High West Whiskey Dinner at Oak Tavern 9/25/14

High West Whiskey Dinner at Oak Tavern
Sunday, 09/25/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
PrintOak Tavern
35 NE 40TH Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
Webpage Link
Cost: $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and tip

Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, High West was founded in Park City in 2007 and has received multiple awards and accolades since that time including Whiskey Pioneer of the Year from Whiskey Advocate in 2011. A favorite among those who enjoy small batch, quality ingredients and a personal touch, the spirit blends perfectly with acclaimed Oak Tavern chef David Bracha’s modern American cuisine. Guests will sample five different whiskeys paired with four courses and a welcoming reception. Priced at $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and tip, the feast will get underway on Thursday September 25 at 7:00 pm at the restaurant’s communal table. Seating is limited; reservations can be made by calling 786-391-1818.


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