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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

2014 Culture Grants

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Americans for the Arts
Washington, DC $60,000
To support a Cultural Equity Pre-Conference for the 2015 Chicago-based Americans for the Arts annual conference. (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 $40,000
For capacity building initiatives. (1 yr)
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Chicago, IL $50,000
To support a one-year grant of $50,000 to Asian Improv aRts Midwest for capacity building initiatives. (1 yr)
Black Ensemble Theater Corporation
Chicago, IL $75,000
For capacity building. (1 yr)
Black Women Playwrights' Group
Washington, DC $50,000
To support the cyber narrative project. (1 yr)
Cerqua Rivera Art Experience
Chicago, IL $25,000
For salary support for the current development director, the artistic associate/community coordinator/rehearsal director, and for a quarter-time subsidy for a new social media/public relations coordinator. (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, culturally-specific, and community-based artists and companies. (1 yr)
Chicago Sinfonietta Inc.
Chicago, IL $100,000
To support programming, audience development, board and administrative development, and long-term planning. (1 yr)
Chicago Theatre Group Inc.
Chicago, IL $125,000
To support artistic development and diversity initiatives. (1 yr)
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)
Columbia College
Chicago, IL $40,000
For The Black Dandy project at Columbia College, Museum of Contemporary Photography. Future funding is possible should the exhibition achieve the diverse audience it intends. (1 yr)
Columbia College Chicago Center for Black Music Research
Chicago, IL $40,000
For its Center for Black Music Research to support the creation of FREE/PHASE, an intermedia suite including music, sound art, video, and documentary and archival elements by media artists Mendi and Keith Obadike. (1 yr)
Congo Square Theatre Company
Chicago, IL $35,000
For continued support of staff salaries. (1 yr)
Court Theatre
Chicago, IL $60,000
For continued salary support for African American director Ron OJ Parson. (1 yr)
Gilloury Institute
Chicago, IL $50,000
To strengthen organizational capacity through funding the position of artistic director and live theater and online play production support. (1 yr)
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, IL $75,000
To support a newly created deputy director position. (1 yr)
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL $20,000
To develop an audio/video prototype about Chicago jazz. (1 yr)
St. Paul, MN $30,000
To support a one-year grant of $30,000 to Mizna for a Great Lakes travel and writing residency project with artist Moheb Soliman. (1 yr)
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Detroit, MI $50,000
To commission a new multimedia work from visual artist Sanford Biggers. (1 yr)
National Museum of Mexican Art
Chicago, IL $75,000
For capacity building. (2 yrs)
Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago, IL $50,000
For continued support of the Cultural Heritage Project. (1 yr)
Power House Productions
Detroit, MI $50,000
To commission an outdoor "ride-able" sculpture from visual artist Nari Ward.  (1 yr)
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Chicago, IL $60,000
To support salaries to expand hours for current staff and add a full-time office manager. (1 yr)
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society
St. Paul, MN $50,000
To commission new music from Roberto Carlos Lange/"Helado Negro". Future funding is possible for a Joyce Award should this project receive critical acclaim and draw a racially diverse audience. (1 yr)
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Chicago, IL $25,000
For its 20th Anniversary Concert in Millennium Park and cross-cultural collaboration with blues and Irish musicians. (1 yr)
Steppenwolf Theater Co.
Chicago, IL $50,000
For continued support of its Multicultural Fellowship program. (1 yr)
Teatro Vista Theatre with A View
Chicago, IL $50,000
To commission a new play from Sandra Delgado. Future funding is likely as Teatro Vista is a longtime grantee of the Culture Grant Program. (1 yr)
The Board and Trustees of the University of Illinois
Chicago, IL $25,000
For staff support for the upcoming Latino Art Now! (Inter-University Program for Latino Research) conference. Future funding is unlikely as this Chicago location for the conference won't happen again for some time. (1 yr)
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL $60,000
To support the Board Leadership Certificate Program to be run by the South Side Arts and Humanities Network. (1 yr)
United States Artists
Chicago, IL $25,000
To support artists of color's participation in the USA Chicago Artists Convening in March 2015. (1 yr)
Victory Gardens Theater
Chicago, IL $60,000
For production support for the world premiere of "A Wonder In My Soul" by Marcus Gardley to be developed in collaboration with Artistic Director Chay Yew. (1 yr)
Young Chicago Authors
Chicago, IL $30,000
To support artistic mentorship and financial support for emerging poets as they develop their work. (1 yr)

Latest News From The Culture Program

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.

5/20/2015 2:48:00 PM

The Joyce Foundation Announces New Spotlight Grants

Joyce Foundation and 10 Chicago Arts Organizations Launch New Philanthropic Partnership for Diversification, Long-Term Operating Success.


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