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Partners for Sacred Places brings together Brian Sanders's "Junk" with Shiloh Baptist Church to rehearse "Urban Scuba" in Philadelphia. Pictured: Kelly Trevlyn and Theodore Fatscher. (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

Doris Duke Awards 2016 Fund for National Projects

Twelve performing arts organizations will receive funding for national projects.

NEW YORK CITY: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced the recipients of the 2016 Fund for National Projects. In total, $1.37 million will be awarded to 12 performing arts organizations to pilot new ideas in dance, jazz, and theatre. Phase I funding will go to seven new projects, and five organizations will receive Phase II grants for previously funded projects.

“The longterm strength of the performing arts sector relies on a culture that embraces opportunities to adapt and evolve,” said Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at DDCF, in a statement. “The foundation is constantly seeking to support promising new ideas that help dance, jazz, and theatre 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.”

Theatre Communications Group, the publisher of American Theatre, will receive a Phase II grant of $112,500 to support its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. Funds will be used to study, record, and disseminate the history and ongoing progress of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the theatre field.

The recipients also include Art2Action in Tampa, Fla.; East West Players in Los Angeles; Jazz Forward Coalition through Fractured Atlas in New York City; National Arts Strategies, in partnership with the International Association of Blacks in Dance, in Alexandria, Va.; Network of Ensemble Theaters in Portland, Ore.; Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minn.; Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts in Blacksburg, Va.; Childsplay in Tempe, Ariz.; DataArts in Philadelphia; Partners for Sacred Places in Philadelphia.

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