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.
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.
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.
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.
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
12/14/2015 10:00:00 AM
The 2016 Joyce Award winners include Charles McGee, Juan Angel Chávez, Imani Uzuri, Zakiyyah Alexander, Aparna Ramaswamy and Kyle Abraham.
6/15/2015 12:33:00 PM
Angelique Power has been promoted to Program Director, Culture, and George Cheung has been promoted to Program Director, Democracy.
5/20/2015 2:48:00 PM
Joyce Foundation and 10 Chicago Arts Organizations Launch New Philanthropic Partnership for Diversification, Long-Term Operating Success.