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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

 
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Program History

Nurturing a diverse and thriving culture is an important part of the Joyce Foundation’s dedication to improving the quality of life in the Midwest. Its Culture grant making has mostly centered on Chicago, and since the mid-1990s has focused on diversity in the arts. That includes supporting community-based arts groups such as Black Ensemble Theater, the Cambodian Heritage Museum, and Luna Negra Dance Theater, and encouraging mainstream arts groups to expand their audiences, boards and staffs to reflect Chicago’s diversity.

More recently, Joyce grant making has supported expanding opportunities for individual artists through fellowships, residencies and commissions. Since 2003, The Joyce Awards have funded 36 awards to enable Midwest arts groups (and, beginning in 2013, other groups) to commission new works by artists of color. Recognizing that technology creates new possibilities for art-making and community building, in 2012 the Foundation began seeking projects that engage audiences through new media and link the arts to community revitalization efforts.

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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.

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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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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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