Welcome to Joy Engine, formerly Black Box Fund
Inspiring Joy and Wonder Through Public Art
JOY ENGINE: Thinking Outside of the Box
We create inclusive public art experiences that reflect the diversity of Milwaukee and are welcoming, family-friendly, and free for all.
Bringing Public Art to Life in Milwaukee
JOY ENGINE is a nonprofit public art organization curating intentional, immersive art experiences to connect, uplift, and inspire the Milwaukee community. We partner with a diverse group of local and international artists to reimagine urban spaces through wondrous, larger-than-life installations — expanding perceptions of how citizens engage with art and advancing community viability and inclusion through creative expression.
In Summer 2021, JOY ENGINE celebrated the return of gatherings with “Cracking Art” — a whimsical art installation on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Under One Moon
The moon is the first milestone on the road to stars.” In 2019, JOY ENGINE presented a 23-foot replica of the moon in Catalano Square Park, in the Historic Third Ward.
JOY ENGINE strives to create meaningful human connection through the power and evolution of public art.
Why Public Art?
70% of Americans believe that the “arts improve the image and identity of their community.”
What's Going On?
Nitelight: An Immersive, 3D Light Experience
Community Challenge: Joy Engine Awards $50k in Artist Grants
Wait, What Is Joy Engine?
This is Awesome,
How Do I Support?
Get Ready for Unforgettable Public Art Events in Milwaukee.
Submit an Artist Spotlight
Artists – we want to support you and share your work with our community!
Please submit an Artist Spotlight if you’d like to be featured on our social media.
Have your own event or project in mind?
Our partnership program supports unique artistic projects across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and cultural expressions.