Twenty performing artists will each receive an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over three to five years, up to $25,000 in targeted support for audience development efforts, and as much as $25,000 for those who have set up a retirement account to continue their creative exploration in later years. This year’s recipients include Muhal Richard Abrams (jazz), Nora Chipaumire (dance), and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp (theater).
"I'm perhaps not too singular in the way that I live from project to project to sustain me and the people who support me. That’s always been the reality of arts funding," said Chipaumire. "But I’ve always had a larger vision, and I hope this award will help me realize some of it — to extend my good fortune to others and fill a vacuum that exists for students of dance in Africa by creating a center for research."
"This year's class is particularly notable for their collective, strong, and consistent commitment to touring and working in multiple communities, enabling them to have enormous impact on artists and audiences in every corner of the country," said Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the foundation. "We are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of such an influential and talented set of artists, and to make a substantial investment in their continuing work and well-being as they forge into the future."