Joyce Program Culture

Artists and arts organizations help to illuminate societal problems and are often catalysts for social justice and racial equity. 

The Culture Program seeks to foster culturally vibrant and sustainable communities by placing the next generation of artists, arts leaders, and audiences at the center of its work. We want to promote access, racial equity and diversity, support creativity, and build organizational and community capacity. The Culture Program will continue its efforts to ensure that underserved communities have access to arts programs and institutions; to provide support that furthers the careers of African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) artists; and to maintain our commitment to small to medium-sized neighborhood arts organizations located in, run by or primarily serving communities of color.

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Arts access and participation

The Foundation aims to shift the map of neighborhood arts assets and access points by supporting efforts to strengthen arts presenting, engagement and non-curricular instruction capacity at (or in partnership with) neighborhood-based arts organizations that predominantly serve low income or culturally specific communities. We will invest in high quality arts access and opportunities for active arts participation in communities that have historically experienced the greatest socio-economic barriers to sustained engagement. 

Goal

Expand access to high quality arts programming and meaningful arts participation in underserved communities.


Arts leadership and workforce

We will invest in initiatives that offer career exposure and preparedness opportunities to next generation arts professionals of color. We will work to ensure that the reach, impact and stewardship of institutions in the arts and creative sector reflect the region’s full talent pool, is accessible to all residents, and enriches all communities. While the emphasis on staff and professional development continues, there will also be a focus on preparing communities of color for in-demand arts and culture occupations. We hope our efforts will lead to increased exposure, employment, and career mobility of current and next-generation arts professionals of color.

Goal

Increase racial equity, diversity, and inclusion among arts administrators, board members, funders, stewards, and sector employees.


Creativity and cultural production

Lack of racial diversity persists among artists in exhibitions, programs, and performances presented by major arts institutions. We want Chicago and the Great Lakes region to be recognized as a home to thriving and diverse creative communities, where the next generation of artists and makers can flourish in their careers. We will make investments that support the careers of artists of color, including new and emerging artists, and enable their work to be more widely seen and their practices to develop and expand.

Goal

Expand the presentation, public awareness, critical audience, scholarship, institutional and market access of artists of color and their artworks.


Objectives

What We Fund

We focus on initiatives that make an impact on the Great Lakes region.

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