To cultivate, foster, and develop public interest in the arts.
The Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, Inc. (JDAF) is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation established with a bequest of $250,000 from Solomon Dutka, a successful businessman and philanthropist. JDAF provides support to emerging performing and visual artists and makes outreach grants for worthy projects that assist organizations and individual artists.
In its first two years of operation, JDAF has sponsored three juried competitions and two concerts. It awarded $13,000 in prizes in 2000 to nine outstanding musicians, who performed a concert that year at the in New York City. Four of the musicians were featured on a one-hour radio show, New York City "Young Artist Series." JDAF also has awarded $4,000 to four composers for original music composition and $5,500 for original choreography.
JDAF sponsored a juried visual arts competition during its third year of operation (2001-2002) that was open to artists who work on flat surfaces in oils, watercolors, pastels, tempera acrylic, casein, inks, and/or mixed media. Nearly 150 artists applied from the United States as well as from France and the Republic of Georgia, and nine artists were awarded a total of $10,000 in prizes. The jury included Jon Kessler, president of the at Columbia University, and Lenore Segan, a partner at Gotham Arts Services and former arts liaison to the majority leader of the New York State Legislature. The artists will be exhibiting their work at the in Manhattan from May 14-19, 2002. JDAF plans to follow the careers of the visual arts award winners and provide further support and encouragement whenever possible.
In its 2002-2003 period of grantmaking, JDAF will focus on playwriting. The foundation will award prizes totaling $10,000 to the winning playwrights, and a public reading will feature the first-place play in the spring of 2003. Play submissions are due by November 1, 2002.
In addition to its competitions, JDAF also makes outreach grants. In 2001, it donated a Kimball piano valued at $2,500 to the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains, New York. JDAF also has made contributions to the for a program to teach tolerance through music, the to assist promising young musicians, and the Farmland Elementary School in Maryland to create an original opera. A complete list of JDAF's awards can be viewed at: .
JDAF's Web site provides information on its board, grantmaking activities, and artists' shows and performances. It also has information on upcoming competitions, including a downloadable for the 2002-2003 playwriting competition.
With limited funds, JDAF has provided many worthy performing and visual artists with cash awards and opportunities. Its income sources include application fees and fundraiser parties. JDAF is working to raise additional funds to expand its programs for talented and struggling artists.