The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation named 17 winning ideas Tuesday in the 2017 Akron Knight Arts Challenge. The projects will be granted a total of $743,000.

• Cultural Liaison Program, $100,000

Recipient: ArtsNow

To help artists in Akron with their online imprint, social media, learning opportunities and more.

• Bechdel Fest, $48,000

Recipient: Brittany Charek

To highlight films that pass the “Bechdel Test,” which brings attention to gender inequality in film and fiction, at a festival that features works made by female directors, producers and actors.

• QuTheatre Ensemble: Akron’s LGBTQ Youth Take the Stage, $50,000

Recipient: Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture/New World Performance Lab

To form QuTheatr, an ensemble that will create and present events based on the experiences of local LGBTQ youths and adults.

• Nine Lives, $45,000

Recipient: Christopher Coles

For an interdisciplinary piece that tells the story of nine African-Americans killed in 2015 at an evening prayer service in Charleston, S.C.

• Love Across the USA, $16,000

Recipient: Cindy Michael / Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium

To create a large-scale, public crochet installation of a historic figure as part of a national project by Polish-American artist Olek on how women have shaped history.

• Akron’s Rubber Industry, a personal photographic essay, $11,000

Recipient: Daniel Mainzer

To tell the story of Akron’s rubber industry in the 1970 and 1980s, exploring themes of work, immigration, integration and loss through a photo collection taken by the former in-house tire company photographer

• FRONT Triennial at Akron Art Museum, $100,000

Recipient: FRONT Exhibition Co.

To bring a cutting-edge installation to the Akron Art Museum’s garden as part of the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art in 2018.

• Action/Reaction, $27,000

Recipient: GroundWorks DanceTheater

For movement workshops where community members can experience and react to the company’s artistic process.

• North Hill Music Festival, $15,000

Recipient: Himalayan Music Academy

To celebrate Akron’s immigrant communities through a North Hill music festival that will be professionally recorded.

• As a Community We Lift You, $11,000

Recipient: Kent State University Foundation

To beautify a county building with a mural based on the stories of a range of culturally diverse Akron residents.

• ... Or Does It Explode? (SHOW2GO), $25,000

Recipient: Ma’Sue Productions

To explore race and identity in Akron by touring this show, which examines black manhood through dance, poetry and rap.

• 44 Inch Chest, $75,000

Recipient: None Too Fragile theater

To stage the world premiere of a play based on the British indie film 44 Inch Chest.

• Shakesqueer, $30,000

Recipient: Rubber City Theatre

To adapt two of Shakespeare’s works into a modern musical and play reflecting Akron’s LGBTQ community.

• Akronstein VR·Animation Lab, $85,000

Recipient: Anthony Samangy, Myers School of Art and Eric Vaughan, Red Point Digital

To create a studio for stop-motion and 3-D virtual reality animation.

• Crocheted Tires and Rubber Quilts: Crafting Family from Appalachia to Akron, $15,000

Recipient: Sherry Simms

To create sculpture that celebrates the heritage of the artist and the city in rubber, tires and polymers.

• Prelude: A Musical Bridge Across Time and Culture, $10,000

Recipient: Tuesday Musical

To mark the organization’s 130th anniversary by commissioning a new piece by University of Akron lecturer and composer James Wilding

• Urban Troubadour, $80,000

Recipient: Urban Troubadour

To showcase Akron’s hidden gems through a roving concert series in galleries, restaurants, offices, brew pubs, and other locations.