Joyce Award Winners

Twelve Literary Arts with Terrel Wallace



Twelve Literary Arts, Inc. and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland are two of four 2020 Joyce Award winners that honor collaborations between artists of color and arts and cultural organizations throughout the Great Lakes region.

Twelve Literary Arts

The $50,000 grant will allow Twelve Literary Arts to commission Terrel Wallace (aka, “Tall Black Guy”), one of contemporary music’s most innovative producers, to create, “The Land Claps Back,” a series of programs and performances featuring inter-generational poets, vocalists and musicians that will culminate in a sound-recording composed and produced by Wallace.

“The Land Claps Back” aims to tell the story of the contrast between Cleveland’s racially and economically segregated East and West sides from the perspective of youth and adult poets, musicians, vocalist and residents. Themes around low civic engagement, voter apathy and a general sense of voiceless-ness felt by many Cleveland residents in the face of gentrifying neighborhoods, under-performing schools and increasing violence.

“This work intends to forward the organization’s mission of nurturing and broadening the audience of literary performance,” said Daniel Gray-Kontar, executive artistic director at Twelve Literary Arts. “The essence of the Joyce Award allows us to engage in candid community conversations to inform the new work, which provides greater context and urgency to what we’ll ultimately see on stage.”

Related Content


Joyce Awards Information Session - August 2023

Culture director Mia Khimm and grants manager Lynne Wiora discuss the Joyce Awards program and application process. LOIs are due on Sept. 11, 2023. New applicants should create accounts by Sept. 6, 2023.

Grantee Spotlight

Ron OJ Parson

Acclaimed director/actor Ron OJ Parson is in a season of radical reflection. In a 50-year career that most creatives dream of, Parson has become one of the nation’s pre-eminent theater directors. Learn more about his work here.


2024 Joyce Awards applications open: Grants increased to $100K each

Now accepting applications for the 2024 Joyce Awards


2023 Joyce Awards Announcement

We’re thrilled to announce the 2023 winners of our Joyce Awards, which support the creation of community-driven new works by artists of color in partnership with organizations in the Great Lakes region.

Grantee Spotlight

They Got NEXT — Chicago Sinfonietta Celebrates 35 Years

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Sinfonietta, like so many organizations, was forced to reimagine itself, pivoting programming and performances to a fully virtual space.

Chicago Sinfonietta


Joyce Awards Information Session - August 2022

Culture director Mia Khimm and grants manager Lynne Wiora discuss the Joyce Awards program and the application process. LOIs are due on September 12, 2022. New applicants should create accounts by September 7, 2022.


2022 Joyce Awards Announcement

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 will receive this year’s annual awards.


The “Full-Circle” Moment of Nick Cave and Forothermore

Recent work by Internationally acclaimed, Chicago-based artist and Joyce Awards winner Nick Cave.