Stahl Construction Named Knight Arts Challenge Finalist in St. Paul

ST. PAUL — July 14, 2014 – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced 69 finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide ideas contest funding arts and cultural projects that engage and enrich St. Paul.

The finalists proposed a range of ideas, from concerts with instruments made entirely from ice to cultural experiences in unexpected places, from celebrations of Somali poetry and Hmong fashion to a tapestry of poems written by residents in rapidly changing neighborhoods.

A list is below and at Winners will be announced in September.

“Earlier this year, we asked a simple question: What’s your best idea for the arts in St. Paul? The answers we received truly reflect the community’s new, innovative and authentically St. Paul ideas,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

Open to everyone including individuals, organizations and businesses—both nonprofit and for-profit—the Knight Arts Challenge offers matching grant money for the best ideas in the arts. Applicants must follow only three rules: 1) The idea must be about the arts; 2) The project must take place in or benefit St. Paul; 3) The grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment within one year.

This is the first of three years for the St. Paul Arts Challenge, which will award $4.5 million over the three years.

The challenge is part of an $8 million investment in the St. Paul arts that Knight Foundation announced in January. It includes support for three years of the Knight Arts Challenge, and a $3.5 million commitment to five respected institutions that have helped the city earn its reputation as a thriving cultural capital: The Arts Partnership, Penumbra Theatre, Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and TU Dance. For more information, visit

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