The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an operating foundation supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York City, has announced fifteen grants totaling $2.49 million in support of arts and media projects dedicated to strengthening relationships between U.S. Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
Awarded through the foundation's Building Bridges 2018-2019 Program, the grants include support for theatrical and literary programming, documentary films, hands-on workshops, and a "jingle truck" created by a Pakistani truck-art painter that will tour elementary schools. Other recipients include StoryCorps, which was awarded $300,000 in support of a three-year story-collection project designed to encourage empathy, trust, and relationships among Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors; Jannus, which will receive $135,000 in support of the Refugee Speakers' Bureau, a live, multicultural storytelling project in Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City; and the Commonwealth Theatre Center, which was awarded $225,000 to expand a theater education residency program that documents the experiences of Muslim and non-Muslim youth and transforms their narratives into theatrical performances.
"In many places across the country, the frayed bonds of community need restoration and strengthening," said senior program officer Zeyba Rahman. "The projects proposed by this year's Building Bridges Program grantees offer an inspired, inventive, arts-based approach to deepen connections between Muslims and their neighbors in the U.S. We are excited to support the launch of these fifteen ambitious and worthy endeavors to improve well-being across the country."
For a complete list of Building Bridges Grant Program awardees, see the DDCF website.
(Photo credit: Jannus)