Vote for the Knight Arts People's Choice award


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While the Knight Foundation deliberates on which finalist should win a grant as part of their Knight Arts Challenge, five finalists are eligible for a separate People's Choice award. While the Arts Challenge requires the groups to meet the Knight Foundation halfway by raising their own money, the People's Choice will award $20,000 to whichever group pulls in the most votes regardless of fundraising. Votes can be texted in to 22333 or 747-444-3548 until Aug. 29.

When we recently spoke with Dabls of the African Bead Gallery and MBAD Museum, one of the five finalists, he told us that a collapsed roof has caused the delays of his envisioned museum in the front part of his building (which inspired him to shift his focus to his outdoor art project instead). A spokesperson from the museum tells us they have been hosting Friday potluck dinners during the duration of voting to introduce people to the museum; check their Facebook for more information.

The full list of finalists are below:

A Host of People: a theater group celebrating the do-it-yourself movement in both food and the arts by creating a site-specific piece to be performed in community gardens around the city; (Text Detroit1 to 22333)

Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum: a center for African culture that wants to renovate its facilities and create more exhibition and programming space; (Text Detroit2 to 22333)

ARTLAB J: a troupe strengthening Detroit’s dance community by presenting Detroit Dance City Festival, a three-day celebration highlighting both local and national artists; (Text Detroit3 to 22333)

Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel: a dance group that wants to bring the traditional dances of Mexico’s La Huasteca region to Detroit by teaching the choreography locally; (Text Detroit4 to 22333)

Detroit Drumline Academy: a group of former drummers from Detroit-area schools that wants to prepare the next generation of percussionists by teaching and mentoring middle and high school students. (Text Detroit5 to 22333)

You can learn more at The winner will be announced on Oct. 6.

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