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"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, at Dallas Theater Center as part of the Public Works program in 2017. (Photo by Kim Leeson)

TCG Announces Second Round of Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grants

Organizations around the country will receive $75k to $150k to help foster a love of theatre within young people.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the second round of Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grants. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the program will award $75,000 or $150,000 to theatre organizations to implement and refine ways to increase audience engagement and community development, with a focus on young audiences.

In total, $750,000 will be awarded to six projects representing 22 partnering organizations, with an additional $187,500 for general operating support.

“The inaugural round of Cohort grants showed the power of collective action, deepening participants’ relationships to their communities and fostering movement-building on a national scale,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG (which publishes American Theatre), in a statement. “Thanks to renewed support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, we look forward to this next Cohort continuing that work through the lens of theatre for young and multigenerational audiences.”

The recipients are listed below with a brief description of each project.

“The most successful audience engagement efforts are built on a foundation of authentic and meaningful relationships from which all parties might benefit,” said Maurine Knighton, program director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in a statement. “TCG’s Audience (R)Evolution Cohort Grants help theaters move beyond their walls to connect with youth, families, and community-serving organizations. This funding will undoubtedly help participants not only grow their audiences, but also grow their contributions to the neighborhoods and communities they intend to benefit.”

To date, the Audience (R)Evolution program has awarded over $2.4 million to performing arts and community organizations through its grant-making, and has dedicated over $800,000 to support research, national convenings and dissemination of program findings.

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