Dancers rehearse in the "jewel box" studio at Rubenstein Arts Center.
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Duke Arts

A Leap Forward for the Arts at Duke with $7 Million Award from The Duke Endowment

The Duke Endowment has awarded Duke University $7 million to support the arts, including funds for a new exchange program with music institutions like the New England Conservatory (NEC) and the Curtis Institute and a deeper investment in the arts in the Durham community.

The arts at Duke are an essential, foundational part of the student experience and touch every pillar of Duke’s strategic framework,” said President Vincent E. Price. “I am grateful to The Duke Endowment for its generosity and its strategic alignment in supporting a culture of the arts at the university.”

The grant will allow the university to launch a conservatory exchange program this fall with NEC and Curtis, as well as with similar arts-focused institutions to create formative experiences for Duke students majoring and deeply involved in the arts.

“The arts are not only an institutional priority at Duke University, they are an important means of engaging, educating and inspiring community members of all ages,” said Minor Shaw, chair of The Duke Endowment’s board of trustees. “The Endowment is proud to support the arts with a partner who will exponentially increase the returns on this investment.”