Now in its seventh year in Detroit, the Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas that connect people to place and to each other through the arts, and today announced 62 finalists who are in the running to be one of 25 who will share $2 million in funding.

Among them is Capturing Belief, an apprenticeship style program that teaches youth photography as a tool to self-discovery, a catalyst to foster curiosity, critical thinking and a means to reshape the often one dimensional negatively-skewed narrative of their lives as young people in urban America. In 2018,  Capturing Belief partnered with SAY Detroit and the SAY Play Center at Lipke Park.

Finalists for the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit had to meet three important parameters:

  1. the idea must be about the arts;
  2. the project must take place in or benefit Detroit; and
  3. the grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.

Capturing Belief was founded by Khary Mason, a detective with the Detroit Police Department, and Romain Blanquart, a visual journalist, out of their common desire to contribute directly to guiding our youth build a strong foundation for their future.

The Knight Arts Challenge in Akron, Miami, and Detroit aims to help individual artists and arts organizations bring to life authentic works and experiences that capture the spirit of each city.

Winning projects will be announced at a celebration set for Thursday, October 10 at the Garden Theater.

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