InterAct Theatre Company in partnership with 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award recipient Rick Shiomi has received a $115,000 grant to expand on efforts to build demand for theater made for and by the Asian American community in Philadelphia, from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It is the second grant that Shiomi has received from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in partnership with InterAct Theatre Company.
In 2014, Shiomi was awarded a Doris Duke grant for Building Demand for the Arts program to work with InterAct Theatre and Asian Arts Initiative to develop Asian American theater and audiences in Philadelphia. The coalition of Philadelphia theaters participating in the Philadelphia Asian Theater Project (PATP) include Azuka Theatre, EgoPo Classic Theater, InterAct Theatre Company, Kaleid Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, People’s Light, Plays and Players, and The Wilma Theater. In addition to The Asian Arts Initiative, PAPA (Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists) is a PATP supporter.
The first productions supported by PATP in the 2014/15 season were Caught by Christopher Chen produced by InterAct Theatre Company, Hold These Truths by Jeannie Sakata produced by Plays and Players, and Take/Sacrifice by Kaleid Theatre at Mz. Fest hosted by Plays and Players.
InterAct Theatre Company’s world premiere of Christopher Chen’s CAUGHT garnered multiple Barrymore Award nominations including Outstanding Direction of a Play for Shiomi, Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, Outstanding Scenic Design (Melpomene Katakalos), the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist for actress Bi Jean Ngo, and won for the Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play.
24 pairs of artists and arts organizations nationwide are receiving a total of $2,430,000 in Implementation Grants from The Doris Duke Foundation for projects that aim to drive public demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance This funding is part of DDCF’s Building Demand for the Arts program, which launched in 2013 and supports partnerships focused on using the performing arts in unique ways to develop meaningful connections with targeted audience. Implementation grants support organizations working with artists, during a 90 day residency over a period of three years, to implement previously crafted initiatives and projects that have strong potential to spark demand for the arts in their communities. Each grant also includes an extra $5,000 dedicated specifically to evaluation of the funded project.
“We believe that strong, creative partnerships between artists and organizations have the potential to nurture a public that is deeply invested in and understanding of the way the performing arts enriches it,” said Cheryl Ikemiya, senior program officer for the Arts at DDCF. “We are delighted to support this outstanding cohort of grantees and are confident that they will act upon this shared belief and engage their communities in bold and unconventional ways.”
The other recipients of the 2016 Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grants are:
The Building Demand for the Arts program promotes deeper, longer relationships between artists and arts organizations, as well as new kinds of conversation, brainstorming and cooperation between them. The program therefore also offers Exploration grants, which support initial, investigative conversations between artists and organizations about ways to build demand for the performing arts. The second and last cohort to receive Exploration grants was announced in November 2015. DDCF is awarding these grants as part of a larger $50 million, 10-year commitment over and above its existing funding for the performing arts.
About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.
The Arts Program of DDCF focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theatre artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org.
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