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A conversation with 2021 Joyce Award recipients

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On June 10, 2021, the 2021 Joyce Awards recipients came together for the first time to discuss their projects: four impactful collaborations spanning the visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts that engage diverse communities in Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.

A special thank you to Shaunda McDill, Heinz Endowments Arts and Culture program officer, for moderating the conversation.

Learn more about the artists and their projects here.

About the Joyce Awards

The Joyce Awards is the only regional program dedicated to supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities. Since its inception in 2003, the competition has awarded more than $3.7 million to commission 72 new works and collaborations between emerging and mid-career artists and cultural organizations in 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 and provides the commissioning organization with the resources needed to engage potential audiences, new partners, and their surrounding communities at large. To learn more about the Joyce Awards and see a list of past winners, click here.

About The Joyce Foundation

Joyce is a nonpartisan, private foundation that invests in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region.

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