Nicole Fleetwood F’16 Featured in NPR as Part of Mellon Foundation “Imagining Freedom” Initiative
Nicole Fleetwood F’16 is featured in a NPR profile on the Mellon Foundation’s new Imagining Freedom initiative. Imagining Freedom is a $125 million, multiyear grantmaking program supporting arts and humanities organizations that focus on mass incarceration in the US. Fleetwood has been awarded a grant for Marking Time, a multi-platform project that investigates the impact of the carceral state on American life through the lens of art.
Being a scholar of visual culture and art, I got really curious about the visual culture and art-making worlds of people in prison — and how art-making and creativity could be ways of envisioning freedom, envisioning the future, or staying connected with loved ones and building community inside prison. Nicole Fleetwood
Curator and author of Marking Time and James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University
Fleetwood is the James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2021. She is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.