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.
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.