Creative Time

Announcing the 
2018 Creative Time Summit to Be Held in Miami

December 5th, 2017

Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Awarded a $125,000 Matching Grant From John S. and James L. Knight Foundation To Bring the Creative Time Summit To South Florida for the First Time

Creative Time is proud to share that the Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has been awarded a $125,000 matching grant to co-present the 2018 Creative Time Summit in Miami. The grant was awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, and will be used to bring a critical range of perspectives to Miami.

“We’re excited to be awarded the opportunity to bring The Summit’s timely dialogue and programming to South Florida, and continue our longstanding tradition of bringing together artists, activists and other thought leaders to engage with today’s most pressing issues,” says Alyssa Nitchun, Creative Time’s Acting Director.

The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Functioning as a roving platform, The Summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.

“The arts are a wonderful lens for examining the most pressing issues of our time, and Miami, which is many ways the future of American cities, is a perfect backdrop for these conversations,” said Victoria Rogers, VP/Arts at Knight Foundation.

Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field – featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. To date, the Summit has hosted over 8,000 live attendees and hundreds of luminaries on its stage, including legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, Academy Award winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, MacArthur “Genius” award winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and projects. The inaugural summit took place in New York in 2009, and has since expanded its reach nationally hosting Summits in Washington D.C., and Brooklyn, and internationally in Venice as an official partner of la Biennale di Venezia, in Stockholm partnering with the Public Art Agency Sweden, and Toronto with The Power Plant and Art Gallery of Ontario.