Seven performing artists will each receive an unrestricted grant of $250,000 over three to five years along with up to an additional $25,000 to encourage them to make contributions to their retirement savings. Recipients also will receive financial and legal counseling, professional development activities, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by Creative Capital. This year's recipients include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Regina Carter, and Stefon Harris (jazz); Michelle Dorrance and Okwui Okpokwasili (dance); and Muriel Miguel and Rosalba Rolón (theater).
"For us, it's pretty simple: Like our programs in medical research, child well-being, and the environment, we recognize that the arts also are critically important to our communities," said DDCF president Edward P. Henry. "And at the heart of the arts is the individual artist. This award frees artists to be artists by providing them with the financial security to take risks and to make great work."