Cheryl Ikemiya, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer for the Arts

FUNDING AREAS: Performing arts, contemporary dance, and jazz and theatre artists

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PROFILE: As senior program officer for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and co-chair of the New York Grantmakers in the Arts, Cheryl Ikemiya has her finger on the pulse of non-profit arts in the United States. Her foundation bio shares: 

Cheryl Ikemiya is senior program officer for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She works together with the Arts Program staff to plan, implement, review and evaluate its strategy and programs. As the former co-chair of the New York Grantmakers in the Arts, she organized programs for more than 60 arts grant-making institutions in New York City to discuss issues related to grant making and to the visual, performing, literary and media arts fields. She served on the initial Task Force for the New York State Cultural Data Project.
Prior to joining the foundation, Ikemiya was the assistant director of the Performing Arts Program at the Japan Society, Inc., a national nonprofit, cultural and educational institution in New York City. She produced and managed traditional and contemporary Japanese performing arts, artists’ residencies, commissioning projects, national tours and arts-in-education programs.
Ikemiya received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and Master of Arts in Asian art history from the University of Hawaii as an East-West Center grantee. She serves on the board and is an ordained Buddhist priest and assistant minister at the New York Buddhist Church. She has volunteered at Beth Israel Hospital in its pastoral care program.