Right of Return

investing in formerly incarcerated artists

Grantee Cohort Spring 2021

Location National

The Right of Return offers USA Fellowships for formerly incarcerated artists in all disciplines to create artwork that addresses issues of mass incarceration and racial justice and advance campaigns for change. It creates opportunities for these artists to build sustainable careers by providing direct funding, relevant resources, platforms and community at all stages of their career.

Art for Justice is committed to foreground the leadership of formerly incarcerated people in the movement to end mass incarceration. And its support the Right for Return USA Fellowships will enable two years of fellowships, with a new Residency component to be held at a site in rural Pennsylvania. During the Residency, fellows will have space and time to create new work, learn from one another and get guidance on strategic planning.

The Right for Return was established by the Soze Agency and fellowship Co-Chairs and Art for Justice grantees Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig in 2016. Notable alumni include Sherrill Roland, Michelle Jones, Dwayne Betts, James “Yaya” Hough and Mary Baxter.