A vibrant arts and culture ecosystem necessitates the vital contributions of organizations. Enlightened arts organizations are laboratories for promising practices; the models they develop often deliver impact far beyond the confines of their respective communities. Whether via pay scales, health insurance, decision-making authority, community engagement, providing space or other resources, leading institutions (which exist in a variety of sizes, locations and constituencies served) are nodes of activity that anchor the field and influence trends. These organizations are best served through flexible funding that trusts their ability to take calculated risks, and to self-define and propose solutions for their challenges.
The Arts Program works to build strong organizations across the country that serve performing artists, particularly those in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related multidisciplinary work.
The Arts Program seeks diversity in geography, genre, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and physical ability in its funding. The program’s primary mechanism for distributing funding to performing arts organizations is partnering with a set of intermediary organizations that design, manage and administer national regrant programs on the foundation’s behalf. The Arts Program offers limited direct funding to producing and presenting organizations through two strategies intended to bolster grantees’ effectiveness and impact.
Project Support through Intermediary Organizations
*Open application process via partner organizations. Working with intermediaries helps to further ensure that DDCF’s resources reach a racially, geographically and culturally diverse set of recipients. The following organizations administer programs that align with the Arts Program’s goals and strategies. For more information on these funding opportunities, grant seekers are encouraged to review information from the sources listed below on their respective websites and apply directly to the regrant programs in accordance with their guidelines.
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