The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.5 million to sixteen arts organizations in support of their programs and visionary leadership.
Awarded through the foundation's own Leadership Grants for Arts Organizations program — a new effort by the foundation to direct grant dollars to programs and organizations more reflective of the reality of American ethnic and cultural diversity — the grants recognize the recipients' existing bodies of work and potential for continued impact in their respective fields. Each organization will receive between $100,000 and $500,000 over a period of up to three years to pursue goals they have set for themselves.
Recipients include the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance in New York City ($300,000); CapitalBop in Washington, D.C. ($100,000); Fresh Meat Productions in San Francisco ($225,000); Jazz St. Louis in St. Louis ($350,000); the PA'I Foundation in Honolulu ($150,000); and the Vail Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado ($400,000).
"We are keenly aware that the qualities which define leadership are equally distributed across our country's amazing tapestry of communities," said Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at DDCF. "It's imperative we recognize that organizations' capacity to inspire and make valuable contributions are not tied to where they're located or the size of their budgets....We intend for our funding to support grantees' pursuit of their self-determined, highest priorities — especially those that will help them continue serving the nation's artists and communities well into the future."
(Photo credit: Afro Latin Jazz Alliance)