The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the third cohort of Doris Duke Artist Award recipients and the inaugural recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, theater, and related interdisciplinary work.
Selected by a panel of peers in their respective disciplines, nineteen artists were honored with 2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards, which include an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over three to five years, up to $25,000 in targeted support for audience development, and as much as $25,000 for personal reserves or creative exploration during what are commonly considered the retirement years. This year's recipients include David Henry Hwang (theater), Tarell Alvin McCraney (theater), Ranee Ramaswamy (dance), and Zeena Parkins (jazz).
Designed to support artists who have yet to receive national recognition for their work but who show great promise, the Doris Duke Impact Awards were awarded to twenty artists, each of whom will receive an unrestricted grant of $60,000 over two to three years, up to $10,000 in targeted support for audience development, and as much as $10,000 for personal reserves or creative exploration. Impact Award recipients were nominated by 2012 and 2013 Artist Award recipients asked to identify artists who have influenced and helped advance the fields of dance, jazz, and/or theater, including artists not working directly in those disciplines and those ineligible for Artists Awards. The 2014 Impact Award recipients include Ambrose Akinmusire (jazz), Jennifer Lacy (dance), Aruan Ortiz (jazz), and Cristal Chanelle Truscott (theater).
Both programs are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards initiative, a ten-year, $50 million effort to empower, invest in, and celebrate individuals in the performing arts. Creative Capital, the foundation's primary partner in the initiative, will provide award recipients with professional development opportunities, financial and legal counseling, and networking events to help them maximize the impact of their grants.
"I was shocked and grateful to be recognized by my peers for my work, which is so personal to me," said Akinmusire. "There is a lot of pressure to be commercial and not to take risks. This award will allow me to take more risks in my work and to embark on collaborations that I’ve long wanted to do with other artists but that wouldn’t otherwise be financially possible for me."