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The 2022 Joyce Awards winners include five innovative new projects by pioneering artists of color spanning the visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts that engage diverse communities in Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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The Joyce Awards is the only regional program dedicated to supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities.

Since its inception, the competition has awarded more than $4 million to commission 77 new collaborations between artists and leading arts, cultural, or community-based organizations in six Great Lakes cities: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Each award of $75,000 supports an artist in the creation and production of a new work while providing the commissioning organization with the resources needed to engage audiences, new partners, and their surrounding communities at large, with at least $25,000 dedicated for artist(s) stipend.

Applications for the 2023 Joyce Awards are closed. The winners will be announced in the Summer/Spring of 2023.

$4 million

has been awarded by the Joyce Foundation to commission new works by artists of color.


is the prize amount for each recipient.


Joyce Awards winners have gone on to win Grammy Awards.


Joyce Awards winners have gone on to win United States Artists Fellowships.

Joyce Awards 15th Anniversary Celebration

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