Joy Glidden (born 1960 in Moncton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian contemporary art administrator, visual arts curator, filmmaker, and advocate for arts communities. She is currently living in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Glidden started a career as a visual artist, performance artist, and art activist in Canada before moving to New York City in 1987. She is the Founding Director of the DUMBO arts center (DAC) and co-founder of the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival in Brooklyn  where she served as the Executive Director from 1997-2006. Using art as a catalyst for change, Glidden’s efforts achieved successful development in DUMBO that is now a model for similar waterfront developments around the world. She has lectured on non-profit policy for New York University in New York City, the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on the positive effects of an artist’s community and creative capital with the Danish, Norwegian, and Korean Consulates.
In 2006 Glidden relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana where she acted as the Director of Louisiana ArtWorks, a 93,000 square feet (8,600 m2) artist service organization near the Warehouse/Arts District, from 2007 to 2010. She is currently the CEO President of Art Index Inc. and Executive Producer of Art Index TV, a Public Broadcasting Service television series of half-hour shows about contemporary art that hopes to articulate the ways in which art impacts our culture at large.
Grants and awards
Glidden is the recipient of many awards, including grants from the Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts & Science, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Agnes Gund & Daniel Shapiro Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, the Lily AuchinclossLily Auchincloss Foundation, the Experimental Television Center, the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, JP Morgan Chase, the Cowles Charitable Trust, Poets & Writers, Artist Space, the Ford Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Tremaine Foundation, the Alliance for Artist Communities, the Jones Foundation, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, among others.
- October 10, 1997 New York Times Article by P. Marks about DUMBO artists (accessed Nov. 12, 2010)
- Industrial Brooklyn neighborhood transforms into art mecca - DUMBO, Brooklyn, Art Business News Article, March 2002 (accessed Nov. 12, 2010)
- Louisiana ArtWorks edges toward completion, D. MacCash’s article in the Times Picayune, Feb 27, 2008 (accessed Nov. 12, 2010)
- Video clip: tour of Louisiana ArtWorks with Joy Glidden (accessed Nov. 12, 2010)