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Joyce Foundation Announces 2022 Joyce Award Recipients

Winners: Nancy García Loza with the National Museum of Mexican Art, Nabil Ince with the Harrison Center, Michael Manson with Living Arts, Aram Han Sifuentes with the HANA Center and Pramila Vasudevan with Public Art Saint Paul

The Joyce Foundation today announced the 2022 winners of the annual Joyce Awards, which support the creation of innovative new work by pioneering artists of color working in collaboration with Great Lakes communities. This year’s awards fund projects that empower communities through artistic collaboration by exploring the myriad ways in which visual and performing arts can elevate local histories and traditional knowledge, deepen understanding of immigrant experiences, foster inclusion and encourage greater community cohesion. Following the expansion of the prize from $50,000 to $75,000 in 2021, this year’s grants mark the largest total of Joyce Prizes offered to date, awarding five grants of $75,000 each.

The only regional program dedicated to supporting new commissions from artists of color in major Great Lakes cities, the Joyce Foundation has awarded more than $4 million to develop new works of visual, interpretive and multidisciplinary art presented in collaboration with organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St Paul. While the foundation’s grantmaking is regional in scope, its work has a national impact, demonstrating the ability of the arts and artists to inspire and mobilize social change. In addition to boosting artists’ careers, the awards are dedicated to fostering culturally vibrant, equitable and sustainable communities in the region.

“Since 2004, the Joyce Awards have supported more than 77 extraordinary artists of color and their community projects in the Great Lakes region,” said Joyce Foundation President and CEO Ellen Alberding. “This year’s winners follow this same fine tradition. Their work will reach new audiences to amplify various cultural traditions and practices that make our Great Lakes region so vibrant.

The 2022 Joyce Prize winners:

Nancy Garcia Loza | National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) | Chicago, IL
Pénjamo: A Pocha Road Trip Story by Nancy García Loza explores bicultural identity and the myths and realities of ancestral homelands. The project kicks off this summer with a research visit to García Loza’s hometown of San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. From there, García Loza will write a piece based on his research and experiences, working with NMMA to create public workshops engaging immigrant communities and communities of color in Chicago to inform his work. Community events will include hosted conversations with local immigrant artists and artist-led workshops for aspiring playwrights of color. The project will culminate in a public live reading workshop of Pénjamo, presented at NMMA.

Nabil Ince | Harrison Center | Indianapolis, Indiana
In a songwriting residency at the Harrison Center, musician and educator Nabil Ince (aka Seaux Chill) will work with residents of three historically black Indianapolis neighborhoods, using art to fight erasure culture and gentrification. Ince will explore underrepresented areas of black urban cultural and business life, creating songs and music videos that capture the experiences of local black business owners and patrons. The project aims to better understand the cross-cultural currents of the three neighborhoods, facilitate the collective exploration of the social and political power of art, and foster pride in the Black community through the preservation and amplification of culture and culture. local history.

Michael Manson | Living arts | Detroit, Michigan
Rhythm of the Feet by Michael Manson is a new, concert-length dance production centered on Detroit Jit, a legendary style of street dance from the 1970s. Facilitated by Living Arts, Manson will work closely with the Black and Latinx from Detroit, offering workshops and free family events, which will place Jit in historical context alongside other styles like Tap, Chicago Footwork, House, Memphis Jookin and Lindy Hop. The project aims to make Jit accessible to a wider audience, regardless of background, ability or age. The project will result in a fully staged production of Rhythm of the Feet in Detroit, shedding light on Jit’s past and future.

Aram Han Sifuentes | HANA Center | Chicago, IL
Citizenship for All: Storytelling for Immigrant Justice through NongGi Making by Aram Han Sifuentes will engage several generations of Asian and multi-ethnic communities in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood through collective storytelling and artistic co-creation. Sifuentes will host bi-weekly public workshops on topics including the history of traditional Korean NongGi flags, the art and power of storytelling, and a hands-on exploration of textile techniques. Participants will learn to sew, embroider and create protest banners inspired by traditional NongGis that incorporate their own stories into the design. Through this sharing of personal stories, the completed banners will serve as a powerful collective statement of community solidarity and pride. The banners will be displayed as rotating public art installations at the HANA Center and other local community organizations. Additionally, Sifuentes will create a monumental NongGi inspired by designs created by community members that will be displayed on the facade of the HANA Center.

Pramila Vasudevan | Saint-Paul Public Art | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
Prairie/Concrete imagines new ways for communities to connect with each other and with the natural world through a series of land and ecosystem-centered workshops and events. Taking place on Dakota lands in three Saint Paul public parks, the events will explore the pressing ecological and societal issues facing the city. Led by transdisciplinary artist Pramila Vasudevan and presented by Public Art Saint Paul, the project will include improvised and choreographed dances and movements, discussions and activities bringing together local artists, gardeners and other community members, particularly those who identify as people of color, LGBTQIA+, disabled and/or other underrepresented identities. Events will be presented as part of the Twin Cities’ first triennial art festival in the summer of 2023.

“The 2022 Joyce Awards support interactive and collaborative projects spanning a wide range of creative media and artists who are inspired community leaders in our region,” said Mia Khimm, Cultural Program Director. “This year’s wide array of projects and artists elevate immigrant voices and experiences, bring cultural forms and traditions of the past into the present, and build community pride across the Great Lakes.”

The 2022 Joyce Laureates were selected by an external jury made up of a range of arts professionals, including:

  • C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art History and Latin Studies, Williams College
  • Sandra Delgado, writer, actor, singer and producer; Recipient of the 2015 Joyce Awards with Teatro Vista
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Poet, dancer, playwright, actor; vice president and artistic director of Social Impact at the Kennedy Center; Recipient of the 2008 Joyce Awards with the Walker Art Center
  • Andrea Louie, Board Member, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts
  • Shaunda McDill, Program Officer, Arts and Culture, The Heinz Endowments
  • Sheetal Prajapati, Director, Lohar Projects and Executive Director, Common Field

The Joyce Awards have helped advance the careers of emerging and mid-career artists of color working in all disciplines. Past recipients include Kyle Abraham, Terence Blanchard, Sanford Biggers, Camille A. Brown, Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Seitu Jones, Bill T. Jones, Kaneza Schaal, Julie Mehretu, Aparna Ramaswamy, Rosy Simas and Nari Ward. The 2021 winners were Sydney Chatman/Congo Square Theater (Chicago), Daniel Minter/Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee), Kameelah Janan Rasheed/FRONT International (Cleveland) and SANTIAGO X/Chicago Public Art Group (Chicago).

The application process for the 2023 Joyce Awards will open on July 5, 2022, with letters of inquiry due September 12, 2022 and online registration for new applicants until September 7, 2022. Prospective applicants can learn more and apply by visiting the Joyce Foundation. website, or by contacting [email protected] There will be a virtual information session on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at noon CST that will offer guidance on the application process.

The Joyce Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. Joyce supports policy research, development and advocacy in all six program areas: culture, democracy, education and economic mobility, environment, gun violence prevention and justice reform, and journalism. For more information about the Joyce Foundation, please visit