Arts Garage Selected as One of Only Five Nominees to Win the First People’s Choice Award by Knight Foundation

South Florida’s coolest cultural hub, Arts Garage in Delray Beach was selected as one of five organizations to compete for the Knight Foundation People’s Choice Award for up-and-coming cultural organizations. As a way of bringing more attention to innovative emerging groups, Knight Foundation is asking the public to vote by text for their favorite of the five. The organization that receives the most votes will get $20,000 in unrestricted funds to use for a project. “So much of the exciting art in South Florida is at the ground level. We want to make sure everybody knows about these groups and the work they are doing to engage people through the arts,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s Vice President/ Arts. The only organization selected from Palm Beach County, Arts Garage has swiftly established a solid reputation as “the place” for diverse programming that includes live jazz, blues, hip hop and classical music, as well as original theatre and visual art exhibitions. More importantly, Arts Garage is providing a stage and a voice for emerging regional artists of all disciplines to flourish. “Not only are we thrilled to be nominated for this outstanding gift,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage, “we are also humbled and honored to represent our county, and especially Delray Beach, in Knight Foundation’s prestigious people’s choice award competition.”

Since its inception, Arts Garage brought to our region a roster of extraordinary talent. From internationally renowned to emerging artists, a wide array of disciplines and programming can be experienced at any given week at Arts Garage. “We owe our success to remarkable talent living and creating in South Florida and culture lovers who believes in our vision and appreciate the intimacy of our venue. This win would give us the support and endorsement to build on our progress and keep our artistic dreams prospering. We appreciate every vote, and every text does count!” said Ushe. Knight Foundation has launched the contesttobringattentiontotheexciting arthappeningonthegroundlevelinSouth Florida and to invite people to participate in the selection process. The contest is part of the Knight Arts Challenge, which is investing $40 million in bringing South Florida Arts together. For further details, www.knightarts. org/peopleschoice , Facebook at, Twitter @knightarts, and @knightfdn . Visit for information.