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The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million to commission 72 new works by artists of color since the Joyce Awards program started in 2003. In 2022, the Foundation will increase the total number of Joyce Awards granted to six.

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 $3.7 million to commission 72 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. In 2022, the Foundation will increase the total number of Joyce Awards granted to six.

Past Joyce Awards have spanned the visual, performing, literary, and multi-disciplinary arts and have fostered exciting collaborations between artists, institutions, and communities. The Joyce Awards has also been catalytic in advancing the career of artists working across disciplines. A distinct feature of funded projects is the requirement that artists and host institutions include a robust community engagement strategy in their project plan, which often informs the project from the initial concept through the final presentation.

Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for the 2022 Joyce Awards will be accepted until Monday, September 13, 2021. Registration for new organizational applicants due by September 9, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Full proposals will be requested within 2-3 weeks of LOI receipt for projects that demonstrate 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; and the likelihood of full execution within 12-18 months of receiving an award. 2022 Joyce Awards winner will be announced in May 2022.

For more information on the program and application process, watch our latest Joyce Awards informational webinar here.

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