The arts are an integral part of communities and a major contributor to the economy. The Joyce Foundation works to improve communities through the arts, support art that reflects the community, and make art accessible to diverse audiences. Joyce also invests in projects by artists of color to develop the Midwest’s creative capital and catalyze community engagement through the Joyce Awards program.
Since 2003, the Joyce Awards have distributed $1.8 million to support the plays, visual arts, music, and dance of diverse artists in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In those 10 years, Joyce Award recipients have flourished both nationally and within their communities.
Because art is happening everywhere, all of the time, the 2013 Joyce Awards will support the work of diverse artists no matter where they choose to work — whether in the gallery, on the stage, in the church, the schoolyard, the prison, or the community center. Any nonprofit organization, not just art institutions, are eligible. Learn More.
The Joyce Foundation helps cultural organizations ensure a diversity of perspective and experience through board and staff, creative programming, artists’ residencies, fellowships, and other projects. The Foundation believes that supporting diversity in arts organizations and artists attract will diverse audiences. Learn More.
Innovative and thought-provoking work often is done at culturally specific and community-based arts organizations that are over-stretched and under-resourced. Joyce supports capacity and infrastructure building of small to mid-size arts organizations, so the work can continue With salary support, strategic plan implementation, professional development, audience development plans and mentorship programs, the Joyce Foundation broadens the reach of community arts groups, bringing art to every individual. Learn More.
Through residencies, fellowships and the Joyce Awards, the Joyce Foundation supports commissioning new works by artists of color. By prioritizing community engagement within the Joyce Awards program, artists are able to introduce their work and the creative process to people who may not experience art firsthand. Learn More.
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