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I somehow had the good fortune to spend time on the phone with Cheryl Ikemiya, Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in the middle of a very busy season for the Foundation. They've just announced this roster of artists as the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists—a huge investment in individual artists in this country. And they're gearing up for the submission deadline on the inaugural round of still another big initiative designed to test and develop a totally different concept in Artists' Residency, a program focused on what the guidelines say is the "demand side" of the equation. This program will create residencies for artists that focus on audience and community, rather than on the "supply side" of artistic creation. It's a really interesting innovation in the growing area of residency support and Cheryl unpacks it a bit with me. If you know anyone who is working on an application to this program, let them know this call is posted. There's wisdom here from a woman who's been listening, thinking, and innovating around our field for years.

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