Through the program, eight performing artists were awarded unrestricted grants of $250,000 and an additional $25,000 to put toward their savings for retirement. In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts sector, DDCF increased the number of artists receiving awards from six to eight. This year’s recipients include Ana María Alvarez, Sean Dorsey, Rennie Harris, and Pam Tanowitz (dance); Andrew Cyrille and Cécile McLorin Salvant (jazz); and Michael John Garcés and Dael Orlandersmith (theater).
"The 2020 class of Doris Duke Artists consists of an extraordinary set of creative visionaries, and we are thrilled to award them with this support," said DDCF arts program director Maurine Knighton. "Each of them has earned this well-deserved recognition, as attested to by a body of their peers through an incredibly rigorous nomination and review process. Our intent for this award has always been to enable its recipients to invest in their own well-being in ways that create the right conditions for them to continue to flourish and do their best work. Amid a year like no other in recent memory, the importance of this aim should be readily apparent to all."