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Vail Dance Festival awarded $400,000 by Doris Duke Charitable Fund

The Vail Dance Festival returns for two full weeks starting July 26

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The Vail Dance Festival returns for two full weeks starting July 26, bringing artistic director Damian Woetzel and company together for the 31st annual festival in Vail. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Arts Program out of New York awarded $4.5 million in grants to 16 arts organizations across the country, including $400,000 to the Vail Dance Festival.

The grants are awarded to organizations that demonstrate outstanding artistic programs and visionary leadership yet varies in mission, constituency served, cultural expressions, geographic location and scale.

“We are keenly aware that the qualities which define leadership are equally distributed across our country’s amazing tapestry of communities,” said Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “It’s imperative we recognize that organizations’ capacity to inspire and make valuable contributions are not tied to where they’re located or the size of their budgets.”

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has a mission of improving the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being. For more information, visit http://www.ddcf.org.

The Leadership Grants for Arts Organizations program considers applications by invitation only, awarding between $100,000 and $500,000 for goals the organizations have defined for themselves for a funded term of up to three years.

The winners of the Leadership Grants for Arts Organizations are:

  • Afro Latin Jazz Alliance in New York, N.Y., with $300,000.
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, N.Y., with $500,000.
  • CapitalBop in Washington, D.C., with $100,000.
  • Chen Dance Center in New York, N.Y., with $150,000.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, N.Y., with $400,000.
  • Dancing Earth in San Francisco, Calif., and Santa Fe, N.M., with $150,000.
  • DC Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., with $225,000.
  • Earshot Jazz in Seattle, Wash., with $375,000.
  • Fresh Meat Productions in San Francisco, Calif., with $225,000.
  • Gibney in New York, N.Y., with $325,000.
  • Jazz St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., with $350,000.
  • New York City Center in New York, N.Y., with $250,000.
  • PA’I Foundation in Honolulu, Hawaii, with $150,000.
  • Vail Dance Festival in Vail, Colo., with $400,000.
  • The Public Theater in New York, N.Y., with $250,000.
  • The Yard in Chilmark, Mass., with $350,000.


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