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.