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2020 Joyce Awards Winners


It is a great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2020 Joyce Awards! This year, we awarded four collaborations between talented, committed, and socially-engaged artists and equally dedicated cultural organizations in Chicago, Cleveland and the Twin Cities.

Each partnership will receive $50,000 to produce and present commissioned new work along with intensive community engagement activities. The grants will develop projects that engage, educate and challenge while celebrating the diversity in their local communities. This year’s Joyce Awards all take an important look at the themes of heritage, history and resilience.

“For 16 years, the Joyce Awards have celebrated diverse artistic talents and engaged communities throughout the Great Lakes region in vibrant conversations about the arts,” said Ellen Alberding, president of the Joyce Foundation. “Each year, we are incredibly impressed by the caliber of submissions and are thrilled to help make the vision of these artists a reality.”

To date, the Joyce Awards have granted $3.7 million to commission 69 new works connecting artists with cultural organizations throughout the Great Lakes region. The award is used to support artists in the creation and production of a new work and provides the commissioning organization the resources needed to expand audiences, engage new partners and broaden their reach within their larger communities.

“This year’s commissions are united in the quest to lift up voices and narratives that are rarely centered,” said Tracie Hall, director of The Joyce Foundation’s culture program. “We were struck by the fact that in each of these projects the artists counted community dialogue and co-creation as essential to the development process.”

  • Twelve Literary Arts & Terrel Wallace (Cleveland) Twelve Literary Arts will commission Terrel Wallace (aka “Tall Black Guy”), one of contemporary music’s most innovative producers, to create, “The Land Claps Back,” a series of programs and performances featuring inter-generational poets, vocalists and musicians that will culminate in a sound-recording composed and produced by Wallace.
  • moCa & M. Carmen Lane and Shaun Leonardo (Cleveland) Artists M. Carmen Lane and Shaun Leonardo will be commissioned by moCa Cleveland to produce “Recovering Cleveland’s Jazz Temple,” a yearlong series of arts interventions and programs paying homage to the historic African-American live music venue that was the target of racialized violence and harassment until its bombing in 1963.
  • Guthrie Theater & Ty Defoe and Larissa FastHorse (Minneapolis) The Guthrie will commission artists Ty Defoe and Larissa FastHorse of Indigenous Direction to create a new theater production that centers Twin Cities Native stories, specifically that of the Dakota and Anishinaabe-Ojibwe people.
  • Hyde Park Art Center & Faheem Majeed (Chicago) The Hyde Park Art Center will commission visual artist Faheem Majeed to create a monumental artwork, exhibition and programming to commemorate the legacy of the South Side Community Art Center.
Congratulations to this year’s cohort of Joyce Awardees! May the ambitious projects represented here continue to expand our understanding of the capacity of the arts to reflect, inspire, and mobilize change.