DDCF Awards $2.43 Million to Build Performing Arts Audiences

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced twenty-four grants totaling $2.43 million in support of projects designed to boost public demand for jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance.

Awarded through DDCF's Building Demand for the Arts program, the implementation grants will support organizations working with individual artists during a ninety-day residency to implement a previously crafted initiative or project with strong potential to spark demand for the arts in their communities.

Grants include an award of $60,000 to 651 ARTS and Okwui Okpokwasili to foster the voices of young and emerging Brooklyn-based artists of African descent; $115,000 to the American Conservatory Theater and Byron Au Yong to expand access to and engagement with live performing arts among young Asian American technology professionals in San Francisco; $115,000 to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and Jesse McBride to share the modern jazz repertoire with young musicians and new audiences in the New Orleans metro area; and $115,000 to the Mixed Blood Theatre and Mark Valdez to build more engaged, mutual relationships with immigrants and refugees in the Minneapolis-based theater's home neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside. Each grant also includes an extra $5,000 dedicated specifically to evaluation of the funded project.

"We believe that strong, creative partnerships between artists and organizations have the potential to nurture a public that is deeply invested in and understanding of the way the performing arts enriches it," said Cheryl Ikemiya, senior program officer for the arts at DDCF. "We are delighted to support this outstanding cohort of grantees and are confident that they will act upon this shared belief and engage their communities in bold and unconventional ways."