The Soze Agency — Right of Return Fellowship

Russell Craig with his piece Self Portrait, depicting his face on four canvases, painted over a backdrop of sentencing and parole papers from his conviction on drug charges, shown at the Truth to Power exhibit in Philadelphia, 2016. (Courtesy of Soze)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
8/2018
Grant Amount 
$300,000
Purpose 
To support The Soze Agency's Right of Return fellowship.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Soze Agency staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $300,000 to The Soze Agency via The Soze Foundation to support its Right of Return fellowship program for formerly incarcerated artists. This is a renewal and expansion of our December 2016 grant, which The Soze Agency used to support seven artists. Co-founders and previous fellows Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig will continue to provide mentorship and leadership for the new class.

This is a discretionary grant and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.