DDCF Awards $3.6 Million for NEFA's National Dance Project

The New England Foundation for the Arts has announced a two-year renewal grant of more than $3.6 million from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in support of its National Dance Project.

The grant will support program design changes to NDP, including an increase in the number of Production Grants to choreographers and dance companies; a ramping up of professional development for first-time artist grantees; and the piloting of a fund that will provide supplementary grants to artists with a strong commitment to community engagement. Building on extensive program and field research, as outlined in its 2016 report Moving Dance Forward: NEFA's National Dance Project at 20 & Critical Field Trends, the new initiatives also will include the awarding of additional Presentation Grants for NDP-funded works with high touring demand and in support of dance presenters and artists in regions with limited access to dance and resources.

"NEFA's National Dance Project is a key national funding stream for supporting the creation and presentation of new dance works across the country," said Maurine Knighton, DDCF's director for the arts. "Moving Dance Forward clearly demonstrates the important work NEFA has already accomplished, and we are pleased to support NEFA as it continues to meet the emerging needs of the field and extend its commitment to a vibrant contemporary dance community."

"NEFA Announces Changes to National Dance Project." New England Foundation for the Arts Press Release 01/06/2016.