New Jersey's Two River Theater recently received a $40,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation through its Building Demand for the Arts program. This inevitably raises the following question: What exactly about the Theater's mission and programming helps to "build demand" for the arts that made the foundation cut them a check?
Bob Dylan, ever the master of reinvention, once said, "He not busy being born is busy dying." And the same can be said for nonprofit theater organizations. Constant reinvention is needed in an ever-competitive arts landscape. Fortunately, they're getting a huge boost from the Doris Duke Foundation, who allocated $800,000 for the Audience (R)Evolution grant program, designed and administered by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). The goal? Nothing less than revolutionizing modern theater.
Toward the end of last year, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients for their 2013 Core Support for National Organizations two-year grants. The nine contemporary dance, jazz, presenting, and theatre organizations will receive a combined total of $2.1 million for their programs.