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Tracie D. Hall Named as Director of Culture Program


Joyce Foundation Names Tracie D. Hall as Director of Culture Program

Brings deep experience in arts access and equity, literacy, youth and community organizing

CHICAGO – The Joyce Foundation announced today that Tracie D. Hall, currently deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, has been appointed director of the foundation’s Culture Program. She will join Joyce in mid-November after readying Chicago’s Public Art Plan and Year of Public Art initiative for launch late this year and in early 2017.

Hall joins the Joyce Foundation with deep experience at the intersection of arts access and equity, literacy, youth and economic development. Much of her career has focused on creating and building programs aimed at enlivening and strengthening the role of arts and culture in the economic, social, and educational fabric of communities.

“We are tremendously excited about the experience, talent, and enthusiasm Tracie will bring to Joyce,” said foundation President Ellen Alberding. “She is well-known and respected in Chicago’s arts community, and has been an effective organizer and grant maker both for the City and in her previous work in the corporate and library sectors. She inherits a strong Culture Program, and we look forward to Tracie’s application of her knowledge and skills to expand its reach and impact.

Hall cited several goals as she prepares her move to Joyce: maintaining the foundation’s presence as a supporter of Chicago’s dynamic cultural community and national advocate for racial equity and economic inclusion; supporting the next generation of arts and culture leaders and administrators; and helping build communities through the arts.

“I would like to continue cultivating projects that explore the arts and creative sector as a cornerstone of community stewardship and sustainability. Social justice is also a driving and enduring concern for me,” she said.

One of Hall’s key responsibilities as director of the Culture Program will be managing the annual Joyce Awards, which have distributed $2 million since 2003 to support the theater, visual arts, music, and dance created by diverse artists in the Great Lakes region.

Hall, who holds master’s degrees in International Relations and Library and Information Science, has extensive experience in grant making. She was Chicago Community Investor for the Boeing Company and has authored or served as reviewer for many national and regional grants. In the library field, she has held leadership roles at several institutions, including the American Library Association and one of the nation’s busiest libraries, Queens Library in New York.

She has done considerable work connecting children and youth with cultural institutions, establishing the New York City Early Learning Network and developing a Seattle-based youth creative writing initiative. She served on the task force for the Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills study issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Service.

Hall is personally active in Chicago’s nonprofit arts community, and is founding curator of Rootwork Gallery, a new experimental arts space in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. She holds degrees from the University of California, Yale University and the University of Washington. A playwright, poet, and fiction writer, Hall was born and mostly raised in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

She succeeds Angelique Power, recently named president of The Field Foundation.

About the Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program

The Joyce Foundation supports arts organizations in Chicago and the Great Lakes region that commission and exhibit work by artists of color, employ people of color at all levels, and regularly offer programs with richly diverse expressions of 21st-century creativity. It has invested more than $31 million since 1996 in more than 400 grants supporting access and equity, capacity-building and creativity. Culture is one of six program areas at Joyce, a private foundation that seeks to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and strive for a fair society.

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