By MAI HOANG
AAP staff writer
The Chicago based The Joyce Foundation supports “the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country.”
Ms. Angelique Power, Senior program officer of culture program of the foundation explains that she came to Minneapolis to present the Minneapolis/St. Paul winners and provide new changes to Joyce Awards in 2013. The goal is for these commissions to produce vivid, new works of art that strengthen cultural venues and draw people of diverse backgrounds to experience the rewards of participating in the arts.
“Artists change cities. Artists change neighborhoods. Artists change individuals,” explained Power. “That’s why the Joyce Foundation supports democratizing the arts experience. As we can see from the long legacy of Joyce Award winning projects, neighborhoods and communities inspire world-class artists to create
The Joyce Foundation was established in 1948 by Joy Kean of Chicago. She was the sole heir of the Joyce family of Iowa. When Mrs. Kean died in 1972, the Foundation received more than $100 million. Currently, the Foundation has more $760 million in assets. The Foundation grant making now focuses on education, employment, environment, gun violence, money, politics and culture.
The Foundation provides opportunities for some artists of color to bring innovative, thought-provoking works to Minneapolis and St. Paul communities. The Jerod Imichchaachaahaa’Tate, Wing Young Huie, Ali Momeni are among the 11 winners from 2004-2011.
According to Mrs. Angelique Power “In this time of great technological change, artists have been working within their communities in fresh, new ways”. In the future, the Joyce Awards will support the work of diverse artists no matter where they choose to work. It’s possible in the gallery, on the stage, in the church, the school yard, the museum, the prison, or the community center.
She would like to invite non profit 501-C-3 organizations to get involve with The Joyce Foundation.
Since its inception in 2003, the Joyce Awards have supported cultural institutions in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Applications are reviewed by independent arts advisers from outside the Midwest, as well as foundation staff. Final decisions are made by the Foundation’s board of directors. Each award supports the work of the individual artist as well as significant community engagement efforts.