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ARTE's Visions of Justice Award, first of its kind in this field, honors a woman of color artist who has made significant contributions to their community. Nominations are open to New York–based women of color who utilize their growing visual arts practice to further human rights and social justice by bringing attention to issues that directly impact others and/or using the arts to share and amplify the narratives of their community. 

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2021 Visions of Justice Award Recipient: Johanna Toruño

Johanna Toruño (she/her) is a Salvadoran-born, New York-based visual artist and the founder and creative director of the Unapologetic Street Series, a multi-medium public art series that centers Queer people of color in public spaces.

Using her creativity as an act of protest, Johanna combines vibrant poster art with thought-provoking messages to spark conversation surrounding LGBTQ+ visibility and the livelihood of the working class & immigrant Black & Brown community.

2020 Visions of Justice Award Recipient: Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson (she/her) is a Brooklyn based visual artist who has dedicated her life’s work to exposing the stories and experiences of individuals who are striving to overcome the injustices they face both individually and collectively.


By raising awareness of these individuals she aims to humanize social justice issues and to prevent such experiences from being repeated in the future.

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2022 Visions of Justice Award Criteria


To qualify for ARTE's 2022 Visions of Justice Award, you must be:

  • A resident of New York City or New York State.

  • A woman of color.

  • A visual artist who uses their artistic practice to bring awareness to human rights issues and/or inspire social justice action in their community/around the world.

  • We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated artists and individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.

The award recipient will be honored on Friday, February 18 at our annual Visions of Justice fundraiser, and nominations will remain open until Sunday, January 16 at 11:59 pm ET. 

To nominate yourself or someone else, click the button below!