Puppet Network Wins $40,000 Knight Foundation Grant

Categories: Broward

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Shelly Bradshaw
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It was basically raining money -- well, money that really creative people had to work really hard for -- at the New World Center in Miami last night as the Knight Arts Foundation gave away a whopping $2.72 million in grants to 49 local artists who are going make South Florida much, much more interesting!

Here are some of the winners with Broward and Palm Beach connections, info taken from Knight:

The Puppet Network is getting $40 K to expand what is perhaps the coolest event in Broward County -- its Day of the Dead parade:

Puppet Network
$40,000

For the past four years, Puppet Network has presented a local celebration of the Latin American tradition of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, combining traditional and modern interpretations of the event in a community spectacle: Giant puppets and skeleton-clad revelers parade in the streets, mask workshops are taught while kids and artists work collectively, families design exquisite memorials to loved ones, and much more. With challenge funding, Puppet Network will expand its ofrendas, exhibitions and community arts workshops to additional locations beyond downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Puppet Network is South Florida's premier design and fabrication firm specializing in puppet arts for the live entertainment and media industries with an emphasis on educational and community development arts programming.



The Upper Room Art Gallery is bring a dugout canoe event to Fort Lauderdale:

Event celebrates the craft of Florida's dugout canoes
Upper Room Art Gallery
$30,000

As a way to help preserve the art form of dugout canoes, the gallery will organize a seasonal "Paddle Up" featuring Seminole and Miccosukee canoes. The event on the Himmarshee Canal in Fort Lauderdale will highlight the heritage of the land and waters, inviting members of the Seminole, Miccosukee and other tribes to bring their canoes and wear traditional attire. Seminole artist Pedro Zepeda will demonstrate how to create a dugout canoe from a cypress log in downtown Fort Lauderdale where passersby can watch. The events will be tied to a neighborhood revitalization project called Las Olas Village, where indigenous design will be used throughout in cooperation with the tribes and the community.

The Upper Room Art Gallery is a nonprofit global collective of artists and designers whose artwork specializes in organic and recycled materials and who are concerned about social justice, global poverty and environmental issues.

Awesome New Republic is band that was way popular in these pages a couple of years ago. Last night they won $40,000 for a new project:

Bringing together the city's artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers, Awesome New Republic plans a multimedia performance that tells the story of South Florida's evolution from swampland to modern metropolis. "The Humid Body" will be performed live and later recalibrated for the Internet to create an immersive experience reflective of South Florida's modern existence.

Awesome New Republic, founded by Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson, is a decade-strong music project focused on utopian ideals through community collaboration


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