Joyce Awards Grant
This Deadline Expired: Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Joyce Foundation is inviting applications for the 2020 Joyce Awards.
Started in 2003, the program is the only regional program dedicated to supporting artists of color in major cities in the Great Lakes region. Since its inception, the competition has awarded nearly $3.7 million to commission sixty-nine new works and collaborations between artists and cultural or community organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis–St. Paul.
Through the program, grants of $50,000 will be awarded to support artists of color in the creation and production of a new work and provide the commissioning organization with the resources needed to engage potential audiences, new partners, and the surrounding community at large. Joyce Awards have spanned visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts and have fostered exciting, new collaborations between artists and institutions. Funded projects have a requirement that artists and host institutions include a robust community engagement strategy in their project plan, and in many of the awarded commissions this intensive interaction with community goes on to inform and shape the culminating artwork.
Joyce Award proposals may be led by artists living and practicing anywhere in the world, and there is no restriction with respect to discipline or medium. Artists must be commissioned by an unrelated entity; self-commissions or commissions by an arts organization or company founded or run by the artist will not be cosnidered. Arts or community-based organizations physically located or doing substantial work in the metro areas of the six cities where Joyce Awards are made may submit an application.
Letters of Inquiry are due April 12. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 15, 2020.
Eligible applicants include any organization that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or organization fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.
See the Joyce Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Link to Complete RFP