(6/22/11) Knight Foundation Grant Supports CTI Special Events

CHARLOTTE – June 22, 2011 – The Knight Foundation recently awarded Charlotte Teachers Institute a $35,000 grant to support educational outreach programs such as CTI’s Exploding Canons series which engages and educates teachers and the community at large. The Knight Foundation will serve as principal sponsor for CTI’s special events throughout 2011.

So far this year, the Knight Foundation has sponsored Exploding Canons: The Unexpected Impact of Romare Bearden, 2 UpTown: A Night of Myths and Archetypes and Exploding Conceptions: Race. The Foundation also served as benefactor for 100 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers to attend the Charlotte Symphony’s “Light My Fire” concert (as part of 2 UpTown) and for another 100 teachers to participate in Race Exchanges at Discovery Place during the Race: Are We So Different exhibit.

Additional CTI special events are currently being planned for Fall 2011, thanks to Knight Foundation support. CTI’s community outreach programs seek to engage teachers and the general public in stimulating and informative collaborations with local educational and cultural resources. As part of these programs, faculty members from colleges and universities and other local experts examine a wide variety of topics through multidisciplinary and culturally diverse lenses, inviting participants to explore new ways of thinking.

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts, believing that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more information about The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation visit http://www.knightfoundation.org/

For more information about Charlotte Teachers Institute contact CTI Interim Director Robin Mara at info@charlotteteachers.org.