John and James Knight were newspaper publishers and editors who owned several publications across the United States, including the Miami Herald.
The brothers were very successful and wished to give back to the communities that supported them. So in 1950, they established the Knight Foundation, an American non-profit foundation that provides grants for journalism, communities, and the arts.
While John passed away in 1981 and his brother James ten years later, their generosity has continued.
These grants include:
- $1 million to the Bakehouse Art Complex
- $2 million to Knight New Work, Miami
- $10 million to New World Symphony
- $5 million to Pérez Art Museum Miami
- $2 million to Miami City Ballet
- $2.5 million to O, Miami
- $2 million to the Wolfsonian–Florida International University
- $194,000 to the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora
Additionally, the Knight Foundation announced 50 grants to "established institutions, artists doing new digital work, and a range of citizen activists and artists who are asked to pay forward grants of $10,000."
“We have supported local artists and institutions who have built a Miami where art thrives. When we invest in music and museums, in poetry and performances, we are investing in the fiber that strengthens our communities." Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen.
It is great to see Miami benefiting from the generosity of the Knight brothers long after they both have passed.
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