The Soze Agency — Right of Return Fellowship (2019)

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 
10/2019
Grant Amount 
$320,000
Purpose 
To support the Right of Return fellowship.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $320,000 to The Soze Agency to support its Right of Return fellowship program for formerly incarcerated artists. The fellowship provides fellows with materials, a stipend, and mentorship under co-founders Jesse Krimes and Russel Craig. Fellows work closely with criminal justice reform organizations, using art and the artistic process to highlight issues and further criminal justice reform efforts.

This follows our August 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform