Joyce Awards grant to support creation of new work by Terence Blanchard
December 08, 2016
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation was selected by The Joyce Foundation as a 2017 Joyce Awards recipient. The $50,000 grant from the foundation's annual Joyce Awards competition will support the commission of a new jazz work by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.
As part of his two-year artist residency at Cuyahoga Community College, Terence Blanchard will create a new work inspired by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 entitled, OUR VOICES: DEMOCRACY RE:visited.
Blanchard will work with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) staff, Cleveland-area African American churches, social activists, spoken word artists, local Jazz musicians and disc jockeys in a series of political forums, jam sessions and performance workshops to develop his composition. The preliminary work will be presented at Tri-C JazzFest 2017 with the world premiere of the final composition presented in April 2018.
“The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation appreciates the support provided from The Joyce Foundation to develop a relevant and timely creative piece that addresses an important topic of civility,” said Rick Chiricosta, chairperson of the Tri-C Foundation. “The work reflects upon the core values of Cuyahoga Community College, which represent integrity, respect, responsibility, fairness and diversity. We are excited about this renewed partnership with The Joyce Foundation and look forward to seeing a preview of the work at Tri-C JazzFest in 2017.”
The Joyce Awards is the only program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded nearly $3 million to commission 55 new works since the annual program started in 2003.
A distinctive feature of the Joyce Awards is that a winners' work must include the process of engaging community members to inform and shape their art. Community forums, workshops, panel discussions, social media input and one-on-one conversations will help influence each artist's final presentation.
“It is exciting to see such a powerful focus not only on the creative aspects of these works, but also on how the artists plan to involve diverse communities in their development and presentation,” said Joyce Foundation President Ellen Alberding. “We are confident these productions will do a great job of telling stories that can foster civic participation and cross-cultural understanding, and we are proud to support them and showcase the artistic talent of the Great Lakes region.”