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NWSA alumni also received significant grants to help propel their art endeavors in South Florida, as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest to fund the best ideas for the arts. David Hemphill (NWSA theater 2009) received $25,000 for Project [theatre], which has been producing progressive theatre events since January 2010 and features a growing number of NWSA alumni actors. The Project [theatre] will use challenge funding to expand efforts to redefine the local theatrical experience.
Likewise, Lucas Leyva (NWSA theater 2005) received $500,000 for the Borscht Film Festival. The company's focus is telling Miami stories, which transcend the city's exterior and stereotypical misrepresentations in mainstream entertainment and commissions, produces, and showcases film/video works by emerging artists. The homegrown festival has put Miami into the national conversation on independent filmmaking, with works shown at 40 international film festivals.
Thought Loom, the brainchild of choreographer Letty Bassart (NWSA dance 1992) will pair South Florida choreographers with national and international dance artists for season performances supported by a $50,000 award.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org and knightarts.org.
NWSA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, and provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development. NWSA grants the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, as well as the high school diploma. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. For more information about New World School of the Arts please visit nwsa.mdc.edu
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