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Remembering a Forgotten Hero by Keir Johnston and Willis Nomo Humphrey for Mural Arts Philadelphia, a 2018 Art for Justice grantee. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Names 2018 Fall Grant Recipients

The Art for Justice Fund, the five-year initiative launched by philanthropist and collector Agnes Gund in 2017, has awarded grants to thirty-two arts organizations that share a common goal: to reform America’s criminal justice system. “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,” Gund said in a statement. 

The grantees, which include Aperture Foundation, the Bard Prison Initiative, Civil Rights Corps, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, were chosen based on their work spanning four categories: keeping people out of jail and prison, shortening excessive prison sentences, improving reentry into the community, and changing narratives about criminal justice.

“These selected organizations, artists, and activists are bellwethers of change, and they’re leading the way to transform 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.”

Since Gund created the initiative, which she endowed with the proceeds from the sale of Roy Lichtenstein’s Masterpiece, 1962—the piece netted $165 million at auction in January 2017—it has awarded more than one hundred grants totaling more than $40 million.

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