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Art for Justice Fund


The Art for Justice Fund is a donor collaborative that makes direct grants to artists and advocates focused on safely reducing the prison population, promoting justice reinvestment and creating art that changes the narrative around mass incarceration. Founded by philanthropist Agnes Gund, the Fund is managed by the Ford Foundation in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.


Purpose: To provide support for the Art for Justice grants program.

The Illumination Fund was a founding member of the Art for Justice Fund and is now one of 27 major donors. The pooled funds are used to make competitive grants focused on Keeping People Out of Jail and Prison, Shortening Sentences, Promoting Reentry, and Changing the Narrative Through Art.


To date, the Art for Justice Fund has awarded grants to 127 grantees, including Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, the Civil Rights Corps, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and numerous artists and activists collaborating with justice reform organizations.