Inspiring creativity and cultural stewardship in the next generation.

The Foundation is excited to have a new Culture program director, Mia Khimm.

In collaboration with a range of stakeholders, Mia is developing a new strategy for the program, which we expect to unveil in the summer of 2021. Until further notice, except for the Joyce Awards, the program is focused on supporting active grantees through the COVID-19 crisis and therefore not inviting applications from new grantees.

Joyce Awards

The Joyce Awards, the only regional program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities, aims to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together.

Since its inception in 2003, the competition has awarded more than $3.7 million to commission 72 new works and collaborations between artists and cultural organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Each award of $75,000 supports an artist or artists in the creation and production of a new work and provides the commissioning organization with the resources needed to engage potential audiences, new partners, and their surrounding communities at large.

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Grantee Spotlight

Pivoting to a reimagined stage

The Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project adapts and endures, rethinking performance space and how to reach audiences and students through a pandemic.

Webinar

A conversation with 2021 Joyce Award recipients

2021 Joyce Awards winners together for the first time discuss their projects– four impactful collaborations spanning the visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts that engage diverse communities in Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.

Joyce Award Winner

Sydney Chatman with Congo Square Theatre

2021 Joyce Awards: Congo Square Theatre will partner with director, educator, and writer Sydney Chatman to develop a new community-based theatrical work exploring the journey of healing from intracommunal and statesanctioned violence.

News

2021 Joyce Awards Announcement

Announcing the winners of the 2021 Joyce Awards! Four impactful collaborations between BIPOC artists and organizations spanning the visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts that engage diverse communities in Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.

Joyce Award Winner

Daniel Minter with Lynden Sculpture Garden

2021 Joyce Awards: A multi faceted community engagement project that draws on traditions of the African Diaspora and explores nature, ecological threats, and the healing power of art: 'In the Healing Language of Trees'

Culture Staff

Mia Khimm

Program Director

Jory Simmons

Assistant to the Vice President of Programs and Strategy; Program Assistant