Under the leadership of founding donor and arts philanthropist Agnes Gund, the Art for Justice Fund’s Governing Committee met in late May to select a new round of grantees. The Committee awarded $10.3 million in total to a mix of 26 extraordinary organizations, advocates, and artists working in communities most harmed by mass incarceration and where the promise of change is greatest. The Fund will announce the recipients of these grants in June.
The grants range from $25,000 to $2 million, based on the scope of the project, and reflect four key areas of interest for the Fund:
- Keeping people out of jail and prison
- Shortening excessive prison sentences
- Improving reentry into the community
- Changing narratives about criminal justice
The new grants will support efforts to close juvenile prisons and create community alternatives, to raise awareness of the needs of incarcerated women and children with incarcerated parents, and to change state and local criminal justice policies and practices.
The grants also include support for innovative art projects for individual artists and artist collaborations to develop, continue or complete work that elevates ideas and stories about the injustice and inequity of mass incarceration.
These latest grants build on the investments made last fall and bring the total amount deployed by the Fund to almost $32 million. The Art for Justice Fund is a five-year initiative created in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Ford Foundation.