Arts and Justice


​The Center for Justice at Columbia University announces the June Jordan Fellowship, named in honor of the renowned Harlem-born poet and activist. In each of the next two years, paid fellowships will be awarded to literary, visual, musical and performance artists who are committed to public engagement. June Jordan Fellows will work collaboratively with Columbia faculty and community partners to provide workshops that will be open to local community members – including junior and senior high school students – as well as members of Columbia’s student body. One or more of the fellows each year will contribute to Columbia University’s Rikers Education Program. This collaboration between the Center for Justice, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities partners Columbia faculty and students with artists in order to provide workshops in music, graphic design and coding. The fellowship will also sponsor summer internships for high school students selected to participate in the JustArts Summer Youth program for young people from Harlem and Washington Heights. June Jordan Fellows will have the opportunity to take classes at the university. Each Fellowship carries a stipend of $26,000. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


TCA is a platform to illustrate and showcase the talents and creative voices of currently and formerly incarcerated artists. This platform provides an outlet for artists to express their voices through the visual and performing arts, poetry, and music as a means to abolish the inhumane narratives and socially degrading stigmas that are used to describe the past experiences and limit the futures of individuals impacted by incarceration. The TCA platform is also open to those artists who work in or around jails and prisons, as well as those who have been impacted by mass incarceration through a friend or family member. The Confined Arts is now being positioned to expand its platform to include artist who advocate for other populations experiencing different types of human rights and social injustices. For example, millions of undocumented people in the US are being targeted by law enforcement and face arrest, deportation, and hostile policies under the new administration. Immigrants play a fundamental role in American culture, yet they are continuously dehumanized and targeted by anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. Equally important, access to fair and adequate housing should be a human right, but far too many Americans suffer from economic and social injustices that hinder this access. Race and class-based discrimination, gentrification, and unfair banking and loans are just a few problems. Additional issues include: LGBTQIA, Women’s Health, education, environment, civil rights and more. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE