The Art For Justice Fund is a five-year initiative that aims to turn art into action, investing more than $100 million into strategic efforts to reform the criminal justice system.
Our unique approach is to use funds from art sales and other contributions to fuel policy reform and arts-related initiatives that put a human face on the problem of mass incarceration.
We invest in leading organizations and innovative programs that work to safely reduce the number of incarcerated people in the U.S. and systematically strengthen education and employment options for people leaving jail or prison.
Equal Justice Initiative
Confronting racial justice in America and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable.
In June 2017, visionary arts advocate Agnes Gund announced that proceeds from the sale of a beloved painting would create a fund to support efforts to reform the American criminal justice system. The Art for Justice Fund builds on her unprecedented generosity in order to drive meaningful change.
— Agnes Gund
MAY 25, 2018 | News Roundup
Recording artist and activist John Legend joined Rashad Robinson—executive director of the Color of Change—to call for an end to money bail in an op-ed in CNN as well as releasing a video outlining why the practice is so unjust.Read More
May 8, 2018 | Pacific Magazine
An interview with the Vera Institute of Justice’s Jasmine Heiss about a recent poll that uncovers American's souring sentiment toward incarceration policy.Read More
April 27, 2018 | 60 Minutes
The Equal Justice Initiative's Bryan Stevenson discusses why he created a lynching memorial and legacy museum and says we need to reconcile the history of lynching if we want to move forward on criminal justice reform.Read More