Pictured: The Knight Public Spaces Fellows. From right to left: Sam Gill, Knight Foundation; Robert Hammond, Friends of the High Line; Eric Klinenberg, New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge; Chelina Odbert, Kounkuey Design Initiative; Erin Salazar, Exhibition District; Anuj Gupta, Reading Terminal Market; Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation; Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation; Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation. Credit: Albert Yee.
Great news! The Knight Foundation launched a new program this year, the Knight Public Spaces Fellowship. Over 2,000 applied. Seven people won. And one of those winners was KDI co-founder and Executive Director Chelina Odbert!
Launched this year by the Knight Foundation, the award program is meant to recognize leading civic innovators who have created exemplary public spaces providing more opportunities for connection and civic engagement. The group of seven winners will each receive $150,000 in funding to continue their work with communities and public spaces.
"These rare people see something different when they look at streets, parks, and sidewalks - they see a vision of how our communities could look, feel, and be different. We hope this recognition accelerates their visionary work and invites others to challenge the way we think about and use public space". - Sam Gill, Vice President for Communities and Impact, Knight Foundation