Portraits of Justice

With the help of an inaugural grant from the Art for Justice Fund, we are able to expand our work in Restorative Justice.

In 2017, the Restorative Justice program received one of the inaugural grants from the Art for Justice Fund, a recently launched initiative founded by Agnes Gund in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This award was based on our rich history of work with those who are touched by the criminal justice system, particularly incarcerated people, returning citizens, and young adults on probation, as well as those impacted by the juvenile justice system. So how can we build on this foundation and collaborate with others? By making sure that we focus on and listen to those affected most by the criminal justice system.

With this support, Restorative Justice is setting out on several new and expanded paths, starting by expanding the Guild program to include a larger cohort in 2018. We’ve launched the Reimagining Reentry Fellowship program for formerly incarcerated artists, which supports five artists across multiple disciplines with $5,000 grants. The work culminates in October with a mural by artists Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig on the Municipal Services Building, performances across the city from the five Reimagining Reentry Fellows, and a public symposium that engages the broader public in reimagining and reflecting on the criminal justice system.

Upcoming Events  

Oct 25 | 6:00pm–8:00pm
Portraits of Justice Performance with Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter

Musician and filmmaker Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter presents, Labels, anaudiovisual narrative exploring housing and employment discrimination, family reunification, and other common issues facing people with criminal records—particularly women in reentry.
Free public event.
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Nov 2 | 9:00am–5:30pm
Portraits of Justice Symposium
This daylong symposium that will engage the public in reimagining the criminal justice system through the lens of art, advocacy, and policy reform. The work of artist Luis Suave Gonzales will be on display.
Free registration and open to the public.
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This major public art project is in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s MacArthur Foundation-supported Safety and Justice Challenge initiative. And we’ll be collaborating with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice to evaluate our program model—particularly the Guild—so that we can continue to do our best, most impactful work.

Slideshow: Artist Russell Craig in the studio  

  • Artist Russell Craig working on the Portraits of Justice mural in his studio. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Artist Russell Craig working on the Portraits of Justice mural in his studio. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Artist Russell Craig working on the Portraits of Justice mural in his studio. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Past Events 

October 5 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Portraits  of Justice Opening Event
Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts reads from his new book, Felon, in front of the new mural from artists Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig.
Free public event.
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Oct 11 | 5:00pm–7:00pm
Portraits of Justice Performance with Shontina Vernon
Participatory storytelling workshop and performance from multidisciplinary performance artist Shontina VernonWhen and Where We Re-enter.
Free public event.
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Oct 18 | 5:00pm–7:00pm
Portraits of Justice Simulation Experience with Sue Ellen Allen 

Speaker and writer Sue Ellen Allen presents an innovative simulation experience, Overcoming Barriers to Reentry.
Free, registration required.
Location and more event information. 

Funder 

The Art for Justice Fund, a recently launched initiative founded by Agnes Gund in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Partners 

City of Philadelphia Managing Directors Office
Philadelphia Department of Prisons
Philadelphia Police Department
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Defenders Association of Philadelphia
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Municipal Court –Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department, Pretrial Services Division
MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge