Joyce Foundation Announces 2009 Joyce Award Recipients

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced the winners of its sixth annual Joyce Awards, which support artists of color in major Midwestern cities.

Grants of $50,000 each will be awarded to the Ravinia Festival to support "Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray...," a full-evening dance performance choreographed by Bill T. Jones; the Detroit International Jazz Festival for a new composition by bassist, composer, and arranger John Clayton; the Goodman Theatre to support a new play that draws on the cultural heritage of traditional Jibaro music by Latin-American playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland for an exhibition and to commission a series of new works by Iona Rozeal Brown.

Designed to produce new works of art that strengthen cultural venues and draw people of diverse backgrounds, the awards support the work of individual artists while engaging their community. "We are proud to honor the talent and vision of these artists and the vibrant cultural institutions that will present these works," said Joyce Foundation president Ellen S. Alberding. "[W]e are pleased that our Joyce Awards provide us the opportunity to promote such a diverse collection of artistic expression in our region."