The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced Childsplay is one of the first participants in a non-traditional residency program, awarding the company $150,000.
Childsplay will use the $155,000 grant to plan and implement “El Puente,” a residency program in partnership with local artist Zarco Guerrero that seeks to make theater for young audiences a vital part of Latino families’ cultural experience. As an artist with ties to both Childsplay and the Latino community, Zarco will work with the organization to create programming that successfully builds bridges between the theatre and Latino families in the Valley.
Childsplay is among 10 teams of U.S. performing arts organizations and artists to receive the combined total of $1.475 million in grants for this unique program. DDCF hopes these partnerships will promote deeper, longer relationships as well as new kinds of conversation and cooperation between organizations and artists.
At the same time, the grants provide substantial resources to artists and afford organizations the opportunity to embark on new kinds of behavior.