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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


Culture Grantees

2015 Culture Grants

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

3Arts Inc.
Chicago, IL $40,000
To increase digital capacity on a platform to fund African Latino Asian Arab Native American artists in Chicago. (2 yrs)
Albany Park Theater Project
Chicago, IL $45,000
To create and fund a new staff position, community partnerships coordinator. (1 yr)
New York, NY $50,000
To support a Chicago-focused Art in the Twenty-First Century television show featuring Nick Cave and Theaster Gates. (1 yr)
Artadia: The Fund for Art Dialogue
Brooklyn, NY $15,000
To support artist awards for artists of color. (1 yr)
Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions
Chicago, IL $25,000
For internal diversity work and support for participating artists of color in residencies and exhibitions. (1 yr)
Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Chicago, IL $35,000
To strengthen and diversify Chicago's cultural sector through its On BOARD and Business Volunteers for the Arts programs. (1 yr)
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Chicago, IL $100,000
To support capacity building initiatives. (2 yrs)
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL $30,000
To support the 2015 "Billy Strayhorn Festival" featuring performances, lectures and events throughout Chicago. (1 yr)
Black Ensemble Theater Corporation
Chicago, IL $300,000
For salary support to build out a robust development department. (3 yrs)
Cerqua Rivera Art Experience
 Chicago, IL $50,000
For salary support for the executive director, associate artistic director and social media assistant. (2 yrs)
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Detroit, MI $50,000
To commission new work from Charles McGee. (1 yr)
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago, IL $50,000
To commission new work from visual artist Juan Angel Chávez. (1 yr)
Chicago Human Rhythm Project
Chicago, IL $40,000
To support the Program Manager position for the American Rhythm Center (ARC), and ARC space rental fees for a diverse range of emerging, ALAANA (African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists and companies. (1 yr)
Chicago Sinfonietta Inc.
Chicago, IL $300,000
To further diversify its conductors, musicians and arts administrators and provide leadership for other symphonies seeking to diversify. (3 yrs)
Chicago Theatre Group Inc.
Chicago, IL $300,000
To develop promising, diverse individuals as artists as well as administrative and technical professionals. (3 yrs)
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago, IL $50,000
For its Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Artist and Curatorial Residency Program in visual art. (1 yr)
Congo Square Theatre Company
Chicago, IL $50,000
For continued support of staff salaries. (1 yr)
Court Theatre Fund
Chicago, IL $240,000
For continued salary support for African American director Ron OJ Parson. (3 yrs)
Gilloury Institute
Chicago, IL $50,000
To strengthen organizational capacity by funding a portion of the artistic and executive director's salaries and supporting a new solo performance series. (1 yr)
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, IL $225,000
To develop a pipeline for artists of color. (3 yrs)
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL $20,000
To fund a partnership with StoryCorps documenting the history of and stories behind Chicago jazz. (1 yr)
Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
Chicago, IL $20,000
To create expanded opportunities for arts administrators of color, and staff and board members from ethnic arts institutions in Illinois, to lead and participate in the 2015 One State conference. (1 yr)
Illinois Humanities Council
Chicago, IL $40,000
To support its Elective Studies program aimed at supporting diversity and creativity in the Chicago arts sector. (1 yr)
Independent Curators International
New York, NY $35,000
For curatorial scholarships to curators of color to become part of the Independent Curators International cohort. (1 yr)
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
Chicago, IL $225,000
For capacity building support of the Latino Music Festival. (3 yrs)
National Museum of Mexican Art
Chicago, IL $300,000
To support a build-out of its development staff. (3 yrs)
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL $50,000
To support the first major museum retrospective of African American contemporary artist, Kerry James Marshall. (1yr)
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
Chicago, IL $40,000
To support a season of exhibition programs. (1 yr)
Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago, IL $225,000
To support the School's continued efforts to diversify its concerts, classes, as well as the artistic and administrative staffing. (3 yrs)
Penumbra Theatre Company, Inc.
Saint Paul, MN $50,000
To commission new work from playwright Zakiyyah Alexander and composer Imani Uzuri. (1 yr)
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Chicago, IL $120,000
To support the salary of a senior program director and cover costs of technology upgrades. (2 yrs)
Ragamala Music and Dance Theater
Minneapolis, MN $50,000
To commission new work from dancers and choreographers Kyle Abraham and Aparna Ramaswamy. (1 yr)
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Chicago, IL $35,000
To support staff salaries. (1 yr)
Steppenwolf Theater Co.
Chicago, IL $70,000
For support of its diversity and equity initiative, a portion of which includes continued support for the multicultural fellowship. (2 yrs)
Teatro Vista Theatre with A View
Chicago, IL $225,000
For salary support for a managing and artistic director. (3 yrs)
Chicago, IL $15,000
To support the Northern Triangle exhibition. (1 yr)
Victory Gardens Theater
Chicago, IL $225,000
To transform its audience diversity through plays, programs, community work and resident theater partnerships. (3 yrs)

Latest News From The Culture Program


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.

12/14/2015 10:00:00 AM

Four Large-Scale Collaborations between Artists of Color and Midwest Cultural Organizations Receive $200,000 in 2016 Joyce Awards

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

Joyce Promotes Culture and Democracy Program Officers

Angelique Power has been promoted to Program Director, Culture, and George Cheung has been promoted to Program Director, Democracy.


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