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Knight Arts Challenge

April 29, 2013

Drexel University’s Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center is taking a step forward in efforts at the intersection of the arts, technology and science thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The ExCITe Center’s proposal was chosen from a field of more than 1,300 initial submissions to receive funding from the foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. Support will help engage and develop new audiences for the arts by developing a a series of live music concerts enhanced with audio-visual technologies spanning various musical genres.

The focus will be on three major programming initiatives at the ExCITe Center: producing technologically augmented and interactive live concerts like the recent “Science of Jazz” concert during the Philadelphia Science Festival; creating hackathons for art-related apps; and launching an artist-in-residence program to co-develop new works. Each element is an integral part of ExCITe’s mission to create a space where creative people can work together on innovative projects directly benefitting the Philadelphia region.

“Everyone loves live music, and most of us carry a powerful computing device - a smartphone - in our pockets,” said Dr. Youngmoo Kim, director of the ExCITe Center.

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