Inspiring creativity, artistic excellence, and collaboration in Great Lakes communities
The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has awarded more $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, 2022. 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.
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."
Terence Blanchard and the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
2017 Joyce Awards: As part of a two-year artist residency at Cuyahoga Community College, award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard will create a new work inspired by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 entitled, OUR VOICES: DEMOCRACY RE:visited.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
2017 Joyce Awards: Lauded Detroit-based printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. will lead a series of free, community work sessions at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis.
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.
Zakiyyah Alexander, Imani Uzuri and Penumbra Theatre
2016 Joyce Awards: Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri received a Joyce Award with the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., to stage, GIRL Shakes Loose Her Skin.
Juan Angel Chávez and Chicago Children's Museum
2016 Joyce Awards: Juan Angel Chávez with Chicago Children's Museum to create a large scale public art installation spanning the museum's second floor walls and ceiling. Schoolchildren and museum guests will inform the content of Chávez's piece.