The New York City-based Art for Justice Fund has announced Fall 2018 grants in support of criminal justice reform and efforts to address the negative consequences of mass incarceration in the United States.
Created in 2017 by philanthropist Agnes Gund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the fund is a five-year initiative to address the crisis of mass incarceration in America by connecting criminal justice advocates and artists. In its latest funding round, the fund awarded grants totaling more than $7 million to thirty-two organizations working in four priority areas — changing narratives about criminal justice through art, reducing excessive prison sentences, keeping people out of jail and prison, and improving reentry into the community for the formerly incarcerated. To date, the fund has awarded grants totaling more than $40 million to a hundred organizations and individuals.
Grant recipients include the Los Angeles-based Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, which will use the funds to enhance its programming and implement an expanded focus on youth diversion and reentry in Los Angeles and beyond; the Campaign for Fair Sentencing for Youth, which works with national partners to educate the public and key decision makers about the importance of banning life without parole and other extreme sentences for juvenile offenders; Color of Change, which will use the funds to advance its campaign to abolish money bail and reduce pretrial detention; and Operation Restoration in New Orleans, which provides women and girls with the education, employment training, and access to income and employment opportunities needed to successfully reenter society.
"From advocates to artists, storytellers to policy experts, each of our grantees is helping to dismantle an unjust system and culture that preys on vulnerable communities," said Gund.
"These selected organizations, artists, and activists are bellwethers of change, and they’re leading the way [in transforming] our broken criminal justice system," said Helena Huang, project director for the Art for Justice Fund. "We are at a unique moment in time to drive meaningful, long-term change. This is why the Art for Justice Fund exists: to support the work of artists and advocates to seize this moment and accelerate the movement."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Art for Justice website.