The New York Women’s Foundation Receives 2018 Art for Justice Fund Grant
The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) today announced the award of a $300,000 grant from the Art for Justice Fund. The grant will support The Foundation’s Justice Fund, a seven-year initiative launched in fall 2018 to dismantle mass incarceration and its effects on women and girls by supporting organizations that promote justice, safety, and well-being in affected communities.
The Justice Fund is a part of The Foundation’s strategy to propel and support bold systemic change across the intersecting systems of criminal justice, public health, housing, child welfare and immigration, while shifting public discourse and understanding about the root causes of economic, gender, and racial injustice. Unique to this initiative is its family-centered paradigm. Women and families are seldom at the center of criminal justice reform and when women are incarcerated, the ripple effect on their dependents is profound.
“We are so proud to have the Art for Justice Fund among the first members of our Justice Fund collaborative and we’re so thankful to Agnes Gund, the visionary and transformative philanthropist, who founded the Art for Justice Fund and was one of the earliest supporters of The New York Women’s Foundation,” said Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. “Together, we will continue to blaze new trails to ensure that women and their families can live in safety and security and thrive.”
The Art for Justice Fund is a five-year initiative created by Agnes Gund in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Ford Foundation. The Fund is dedicated to combating the injustices of mass incarceration through the collective action of artists, advocates, and philanthropists.
“These grantees are bellwethers of change in the criminal justice reform space. I am confident that the contributions of our newest grantees will continue to improve the lives of those affected by the injustices of our 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. And this movement is a defining movement of our time.”
A full list of grantees can be found at the Art for Justice website.