The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.37 million to twelve performing arts organizations in support of projects aimed at strengthening the field's infrastructure and improving conditions for performing artists.
Seven of the eleven projects are receiving first-time support from the foundation, while the other five are receiving phase II support to expand previously funded projects. Awarded through the Fund for National Projects, each grant includes funds for project costs as well as general operating support.
Grants include $95,625 to Art2Action in support of performances created by, for, about, and with veterans; $180,000 to the East West Players to create a program that will convene theater professionals nationwide to discuss issues of access, equity, and the potential for systemic change in theater and the performing arts; and $84,938 to National Arts Strategies in support of investments in educational tools, cross-generational learning opportunities, and leadership training for the African-American dance community. Phase II grants include $112,500 to the American Theatre Wing to expand national media programming that connects theater communities with audiences online and via mobile devices; $28,125 to Childsplay to bolster a program that seeks to develop conversation, inspiration, and collaboration among American playwrights creating work for young audiences; and $33,750 to DataArts to continue building an educational curriculum that enables professionals at nonprofit dance, jazz, theater, and presenting organizations to better understand and use data in ways that improve their work.
“The long-term strength of the performing arts sector relies on a culture that embraces opportunities to adapt and evolve," said DDCF arts program director Maurine Knighton. "The foundation is constantly seeking to support promising new ideas that help dance, jazz, and theater artists — and organizations within those communities — thrive. This year's projects have the potential for knowledge-building and advancing practice at a scale sufficient to influence the national landscape."
For more information on the Fund for National Projects grants, see the DDCF website.