Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fellowship Program

"Supporting the well-being of people and the planet for a more creative, equitable and sustainable future."- the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Mission

The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AEI) Lab and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation are pleased to present this inaugural fellows program. This cohort of 10 artists shares many things in common, most especially an interest and motivation in innovating within the arts and culture sector. 

The fellows will participate in the 2022 AEI Lab Workshop & Symposium series Innovating Institutions and Inequities in the Arts, gathering scholars and artists on topics centered around inequities in the arts. 

We are excited to partner with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation on this new fellows program. A priority in this work is to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by innovations and changes taking place in the sector and in society more broadly, paying particular attention to the implications for societal and sectoral inequities.

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Our 2022 Fellows:

luciana achugar

PURO TEATRO: A Spell for Utopia at The Chocolate Factory Theater, in November 2021 in NYC Photo: Brian Rogers

Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Woman looks to the side, background is silvery.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles - Zombie (Official Music Video)  

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Ty Defoe

Circle by Ty Defoe

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Jerron Herman

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Laurel Lawson

Laurel, a white woman with creamy skin, cropped silvery hair, and hazel eyes, looks thoughtfully to one side.  Crimson lipstick punctuates a slight smile.
 Photo: David Clifton Strawn  

Lucia Neare

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Still from Lullaby Moon Photo: Michael Doucett   

Alice Sheppard

    Photo: Beverlie Lord
Photo: Mengwen Cao

Jen Shyu

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Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses

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amara tabor-smith

House/Full of Blackwomen Promo Video 2020

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Kristina Wong

Kids tell the Herstory of Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit Activist -- Radical Cram School S2 E1

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The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) 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 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation focuses its support to the performing arts on contemporary dance, jazz and theater artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them. DDCF is one of only two foundations in history to have received the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, in special recognition of DDCF’s support of creative expression across the United States and “bold commitment” to artistic risk, which has helped performing artists share their talents and enriched the cultural life of the nation.

The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab is a project of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Indiana University. This project was partially supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The opinions expressed in materials on this website are those of the author(s) and do not represent the views of the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis or the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Endowment does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information included in these materials and is not responsible for any consequences of its use. This NEA Research Lab is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (Award#: 1864415-38).