The Joyce Awards, the only program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities, aims to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together. The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has awarded $3.7 million to commission 69 new works since the program started in 2003. View our 15th Anniversary Joyce Awards video here.

Beginning in 2021, collaborations between artists of color and leading arts, cultural and community-based organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul will receive Joyce Awards of $75,000 to present new works designed to engage and build communities. At least $25,000 of the $75,000 will be awarded to artist(s) engaged in the partnerships.

Visit our How to Apply page for more details.

Past Joyce Awardees