(New York, NY) – The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) recently announced Hubbard Street Dance Chicago among the dance companies and presenters receiving 18 grants ranging from $25,000–$1 million, through its Leadership Grants Program for Dance. This program supports the self-defined, long-term goals of organizations which have demonstrated excellence in and sustained commitment to the field of dance. Hubbard Street was selected as one of DDCF’s nine grantees to receive $500,000 through this all-new initiative.
According to the Foundation, grantees distinguished themselves by the quality of their choreography, the impact of their touring on communities across the country, and the successful expansion of their own initiatives and educational programming. DDCF will provide each organization with flexible funds encouraging them to build upon the unique courses they have already charted, and to continue to pursue their visions for the long term. This new support will enable grantees to realize their plans to increase organizational capacity, execute new artistic initiatives, strengthen data and evaluation systems, or other strategies that they have determined will best lead them to continued success.
Says Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at DDCF: “These grants support dance companies and dance presenters that have been leaders, both artistically and organizationally, thinking creatively about reaching audiences in exciting new ways. We are honored to support their work with these flexible grants, designed to help them achieve their self-defined long-term goals.”
Says Hubbard Street Executive Director Jason D. Palmquist: “On behalf of the entire Hubbard Street team, I am truly honored and so encouraged by this generous show of support. With this new initiative, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will make a major difference in strengthening organizational capacity and facilitating adaptive change — two areas in which Hubbard Street, like our peers in the field, faces very real and present challenges. Work is already underway to determine the best, most intelligent and strategic application of this funding toward our goals in data-driven patron engagement, as well as the development and retention of our artists, staff, and the members of our board of directors. We are greatly affirmed by this acknowledgement of Hubbard Street’s ongoing work to change lives through dance.”
DDCF’s Leadership Grants Program for Dance responds to the ongoing and dynamic evolution of a field in which many nationally celebrated companies may face future challenges or changes. The initiative acknowledges the various ways grantees may choose to embrace the years ahead, whether through artistic and/or organizational means. Potential uses of the grant exclude physical capital investments and “brick-andmortar” projects. DDCF has offered small organizations $200,000, mid-sized organizations $400,000, and large organizations $500,000 in grants spanning periods of up to four years. DDCF has also offered additional planning grants, ranging from $25,000–50,000 each, to provide several organizations with long-term assistance in strategic planning.
The 17 organizations receiving support in addition to Hubbard Street are: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Alonzo King LINES Ballet; AXIS Dance Company; Ballet Hispanico; the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Danspace Project, Inc.; Jacob’s Pillow Dance; the Joyce Theater; Margaret Jenkins Dance Company; Mark Morris Dance Group; ODC Dance/San Francisco; Stephen Petronio Company; Ragamala Dance; STREB; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Urban Bush Women; and White Bird.
About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 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 the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 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.
About Hubbard Street
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, celebrates its 38th season in 2015 and 2016. Among the world’s top contemporary dance companies and a global cultural ambassador, Hubbard Street demonstrates fluency in a wide range of techniques and forms, and deep comprehension of abstract artistry and emotional nuance. The company is critically acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire, featuring works by master American and international choreographers. Hubbard Street’s artists hail from four countries and 12 U.S. states, and comprise a superlative ensemble of virtuosity and versatility. Since its founding by Lou Conte in 1977, Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms. Each is dedicated to the support and advancement of dance as an art form, as a practice, and as a method for generating and sustaining communities of all kinds.
For more info: hubbardstreetdance.com
[Photo by Todd Rosenberg of Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance]