Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Joyce Awards Celebrates 10 Years of Championing Artists of Color

By Sandra Davis
Chicago Contributor, BlackGivesBack.com

The 2014 Joyce Awards Application Now Open

CHICAGO, IL – For a decade, the Joyce Foundation has championed artists of color with the Joyce Awards, which commissions new works of art from artists of color in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul.    Awards are given to artists and collaborating nonprofit organizations that receive $50,000 to support their project and the process of engaging people in its creation.   In total, $1.8 million has been granted. 

This year, the Joyce Awards increased the scope of the award: “The 2013 artists are the first to receive the awards under revised criteria, meaning that their art can take place anywhere and use any media.  Additionally, artists may choose to collaborate with any non-profit group, not just art institutions,” explained Angelique Power, The Joyce Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Culture.

2013 Joyce Awards Winners:

  • Eduardo Zuñiga is collaborating with Luna Negra Dance Theater to present AGORA, a free-to-the-public multimedia dance, video and public art piece in Grant Park, IL.
  • Reginald Baylor is collaborating with Art Milwaukee to present TypeFace, a series of outdoor paintings affixed to boarded-up abandoned homes, store fronts and buildings in some of Milwaukee's most blighted neighborhoods.
  • Emily Johnson is collaborating with University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium to present SHORE, the third and final work in a trilogy of Johnson’s performances.
  • Seitu Jones is collaborating with Public Art St. Paul to present The Community Meal, a dinner stretching a half-mile-long across the city of St.Paul where 2,000 participants will dine.

The 2014 Joyce Awards application period is now open. Download the criteria here. The deadline is April 1, 2013.

About the Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation supports policies that improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and that can serve as models for the country.  Efforts are focused on addressing today’s most pressing problems while also shaping the public policy decisions critical to achieving long-term solutions and creating opportunity.  The foundation encourages new, forward thinking and innovative approaches with a regional focus and the potential for a national reach.

For more information on the Joyce Awards, please visit: http://www.joycefdn.org/programs/culture/joyce-awards/.

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