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2015 Joyce Award Winners

2016 Joyce Award Winners

$200,000 for new work by artists of color.

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Artist Reginald Baylor received a Joyce Award to use public art to transform Milwaukee.

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Culture Program

Supporting Creative Communities

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 and challenges 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.

Our Approach

Promoting Access

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 racial equity in arts organizations will ultimately lead to greater financial and artistic success. Learn More.


Capacity Building

Joyce supports capacity and infrastructure building of small to mid-size arts organizations set in communities of color, through salary support, strategic plan implementation, professional development, audience development plans and artistic program support. The Joyce Foundation broadens the reach of community arts groups so the art canon and sector can be flush with diverse artists, spaces and audiences. Learn More.

Supporting Creativity

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 inside and outside of traditional art spheres. Learn More.

The Joyce Awards

Since 2003, the Joyce Awards have distributed $2 million to support the plays, visual arts, music, and dance of diverse artists in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Joyce Award recipients have flourished both nationally and within their communities.

Because art is happening everywhere, all of the time, the 2016 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, or the community center. Any nonprofit organization, not just art institutions, is eligible. Learn More.

Latest News From The Culture Program

8/9/2016 1:59:00 PM

Tracie D. Hall Named as Director of Culture Program

Hall brings deep experience in arts access and equity, literacy, youth and community organizing.

7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​


The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.


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