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Welcome to Art Portal

We are a community of artists who participate in the Creative Arts Program at The Fortune Society, in New York City.

The Creative Arts at Fortune is more than a program — we are a community.

We align with radical hope and believe in the healing and transformative powers of imagination and creativity. 


Since the organization’s inception more than half a century ago, Fortune has been committed to using the restorative capacities of art and art making to call for an end to mass incarceration in the United States, promote alternatives to incarceration, support successful reentry and help to realize possibilities for more just collective futures.

Workshops are offered five days a week in Music, Creative Writing, Acting, Drawing and more. All levels of experience are embraced. We share opportunities to perform and amplify work - on screen, canvas, the page or in direct collaboration with other artists and community partners throughout New York City and across the country.


The Acting workshop is an opportunity for community members to build/sharpen...

Creative Writing

The feelings of acceptance, affirmation and joy are central to our creative expression writing...


In a weekly songwriting and recording workshop, participants craft  and record...

Visual Art

Through our weekly virtual Drawing sessions, community members refine their talents...


Community Partnerships

We collaborate with diverse Arts partners who bring new avenues for creative expression...

Our 10th Annual Arts Festival

On June 17 we celebrated Fortune’s 10th Annual Arts Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Our Annual Arts Festival is a powerful celebration of community and creativity’s healing and transformative powers. Throughout the day, nearly 2,000 visitors enjoyed immersive art-making workshops and listened to powerful live performances from over 30 talented Fortune artists.

The Fortune Society

Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society’s vision is to foster a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated will thrive as positive, contributing members of society. We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision.

Our continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds and life experiences similar to those of our participants, helps ensure their success. Fortune serves over 9,000 individuals in a typical year via five New York City locations: our service center in Long Island City, Queens and our housing facilities: the Fortune Academy (“the Castle”) and Castle Gardens in West Harlem, Freedom House in East Harlem and BronxPro in the South Bronx. Our program models are recognized both nationally and internationally for their quality and innovation.


The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.

What Participants Say

The community and the safe space created within allows me to go deeper into myself and my writing.

I feel safe and encouraged to explore new ways of expressing myself.

Writing was my hobby, now is my ritual.

This is my sacred space.


Photo credit: More Art/Manuel Molina Martagon.

The Creative Arts program at The Fortune Society is made possible thanks to the generosity and support of:

Creatives Rebuild New York 

David and Catherine Eaton Skinner Dedalus Foundation

Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

Nancy Friday Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts 

Seedlings Foundation 

SHS Foundation

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