Inspiring creativity, artistic excellence, and collaboration in Great Lakes communities

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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.

Read more about this year's winners

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. The Foundation grants up to six Joyce Awards every year.

$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.

2023 Letters of Inquiry Deadlines

  • July 5, 2022
    Applications open on Fluxx
  • September 7, 2022
    Registration for new organizational applicants
  • September 12, 2022
    Deadline for Letters of 
Inquiry (LOIs)

Full proposals will be due on November 1, 2022 for projects that demonstrate the following:

  • Artistic merit, innovation, and resonance with timely local or national themes, histories or concerns
  • Potential to be catalytic or transformative for the commissioned artist(s) at this junction in their career
  • A robust plan for community engagement
  • The likelihood of full execution within 12-18 months of receiving an award.

The winners will be announced in the Summer/Spring of 2023. For more information on the program and application process, watch our latest Joyce Awards informational webinar.

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