Arts orgs get $8.1 mil from Duke Foundation

Coin to fund projects in Beantown, Gotham, Minneapolis

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced $8.1 million in grants to four arts organizations based in New York, Boston and Minneapolis.

The most substantial of the grants, $3.5 million, will help support the construction of a $22 million, 10-story building on Gotham’s 42nd Street in Times Square. The 199-seat theater will be named Duke on 42nd Street, and offer a place where theater and dance artists can create, rehearse, perform and audition.

Additionally, a grant of $2 million will go to the Boston-based National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts to support the creation and touring of new work by leading dance artists.

Minneapolis grant

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will receive a $1.5 million grant, and a $1.1 million grant is slated for the National Performance Network, based in New York, and will be used to support presenters and artists in more than 40 communities. A portion of the funds also will be used to support the nearly 200 one-week residencies offered through the network.

Doris Duke was the daughter of the founder of the American Tobacco Co., and ranked as the wealthiest woman in America when she died in 1993. The foundation, established in 1997, is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations, with more than $1.4 billion is assets. Approximately $55 million in grants are awarded each year to various beneficiaries including the arts, medical research and environmental concerns.

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