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Mellon Foundation Provides Funding for Projects Exploring Incarceration in the U.S.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is providing $125 million for a multiyear grantmaking initiative called Imagining Freedom, which will support arts and humanities organizations that work with those whose lives have been impacted by the U.S. criminal legal system. It is one of the foundation’s core Presidential Initiatives.

“As artists, writers, and scholars working inside and outside of prison have long known, the arts and humanities uniquely and powerfully counter some of the most enduring, far-reaching, and least seen impacts of mass incarceration in our country and on its individuals and communities,” says Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander. “Through Imagining Freedom, we are supporting artistic, cultural, and humanistic work that centers the voices and knowledge of people directly affected by the carceral system—recognizing their full humanity, deepening our shared understanding of the system and its effects, catalyzing us to address the damage it causes, and envisioning and enacting just responses to harm. We cannot understand who we are as a country if we don’t listen to all of the voices that make up our interdependent communities.” 

So far, grantees have included Marking Time, FICGN (Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network), Freedom Reads, Interrupting Criminalization, and Million Dollar Hoods.

For more information, read the press release.

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