Amalgam Comics Gets Grant

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia has received a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand their location and service. Amalgam opened eighteen months ago and is run by Arielle Johnson, who plans on using the grants to help establish an “Amalgam University,” where hopeful writers and illustrators can take classes on drawing, writing, pitching, and publishing.
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Brown Receives Knight Grant

Detroit author Adrienne Maree Brown has received a $20,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to conduct a series of workshops for a cross-section of Detroit residents to write science fiction stories to be published in a series of ‘zines related to the city’s future. Brown will also interview other Detroiters for her original stories. Brown’s award was just one of 56 awards totaling $2.1 million as part of the Detroit’s Knight Arts Challenge.

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