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’re also launching a fellowship program for formerly incarcerated artists, which supports five artists across multiple disciplines with $5,000 grants. This program, called the Reimagining Reentry Fellowship, will result in a mural by artists Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig on the Municipal Services Building, as well as a symposium that engages the broader public in reimagining and reflecting on the criminal justice system.

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.