Strengthening cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together.
The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has awarded more $3.7 million to commission 72 new works since the Joyce Awards program started in 2003.
In 2021, the award amount was increased to $75,000 to support collaborations between artists of color and leading arts, cultural and community-based organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The funding will support the presentation of new works designed to engage and build communities. At least $25,000 of the funding will be awarded directly to the artist(s).
The awards have been catalytic for many artists who are now critically acclaimed for their work.
Gallery 400 at UIC with Adela Goldbard
2019 Joyce Awards: Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago will commission Mexican visual artist, Adela Goldbard, to stage The Last Judgment, a five-week exhibition at Gallery 400 and a one-day traveling, pyrotechnic performance.
TRUE Skool with Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, CHELOVE, and Aja Black
2019 Joyce Awards: Milwaukee’s center for creative arts and hip-hop culture, TRUE Skool, will give local youth an opportunity to collaborate with three pioneering female hip-hop artists to create new breakdancing, MC and graffiti-style art works.
Smart Museum of Art at UChicago with Emmanuel Pratt
2019 Joyce Awards: A group of international artists, led by Chicago’s Emmanuel Pratt, founder of the Sweet Water Foundation, in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art, will stage People, Energy, Light, Power: the [Re]Construction of Ethos.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland with M. Carmen Lane and Shaun Leonardo
2020 Joyce Awards: ATNSC: The Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, founded and directed by M. Carmen Lane, will be serving as the commissioning arts organization of the “Somebody: Mourning at the Temple” project.
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota with Bryan Thao Worra
2019 Joyce Awards: The Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota will engage poet, Bryan Thao Worra, to produce Laomagination: 45, an interactive, interdisciplinary exhibition presenting multi-generational stories of the Lao community.
Playhouse Square with Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers
2019 Joyce Awards: Cleveland’s Playhouse Square will commission Cartography, a new theatrical work by theater artist, Kaneza Schaal, award-winning author and illustrator, Christopher Myers, and produced by ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.
Rosy Simas with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
2018 Joyce Awards: The Ordway in St. Paul, Minnesota, will commission Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) to create “Weave,” an intersectional Native dance project that examines the interwoven and interdependent nature of our world.
jessica Care moore with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
2018 Joyce Awards: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will commission a new theatrical work entitled Salt City by poet and playwright jessica Care moore, reflecting on themes of gentrification and cultural erasure.
Old Town School of Folk Music and Ernest Dawkins and Rahul Sharma
2017 Joyce Awards: Old Town School of Folk Music and renowned artists and educators Ernest Dawkins and Rahul Sharma will partner in creating a new work designed to engage up to 1,000 young musicians in an exploration of rich musical heritage.
The O'Shaughnessy with the Ananya Dance Company
2017 Joyce Awards: The O'Shaughnessy, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, will commission the Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Company and its artistic director, Ananya Chatterjea, to develop and stage a new production called "Shaatranga."