Knight Foundation Giving Out $2.1 Million in Grants To Support Charlotte’s Art Community


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has just announced plans to give out $2.1M in grants to help Charlotte’s arts community innovate during COVID-19.

“Throughout the pandemic, it has become even more evident that the arts are essential,” said Priya Sircar, director of Knight’s arts program. “In addition to supporting the creation of new art, it is equally important for Knight to invest in programs and strategies that put equity and inclusion at its center, incorporating the many diverse communities of Charlotte into the process.”

The organizations and projects receiving funding are:

  • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture ($1,000,000): To expand the reach and impact of the Gantt by supporting a digital team that brings a new approach to programming and community engagement.
  • Levine Museum of the New South ($600,000): To support a digital strategy during a period of transition from facility-based programming to a community-centered, digital-first museum.
  • Que-OS ($200,000): To support organizational transformation through strategic planning, professional development and digital programs at Que-OS, an artist-led organization that produces BOOM, Charlotte’s annual fringe festival.
  • Queen City New Play Initiative ($100,000): To provide seed funding for Queen City New Play Initiative, an emerging playwright service organization in Charlotte.
  • JazzArts Charlotte ($250,000): To provide support for digital engagement and the expansion of JazzArts Charlotte’s staff.

This funding will allow arts organizations to implement digital strategies to help artists find ways forward and connect with new audiences during the pandemic, as well as increase representation of people of color in the arts.