I just came across this: the ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize. The US$ 100,000 prize is designed to recognize artists whose works promote human rights, free expression, empathy, equality and understanding. This international prize will recognize artists who use their talents to promote human rights, including the freedom of expression, empathy, equality and understanding.
There are three categories. 1)The main prize will be open to individuals or artistic groups in all creative fields including the visual and performance arts, music, crafts, design and literature. The winner of this award will receive US$ 50,000. 2) The Youth Prize will be open to artists who are under the age of 18 with the winner receiving US$ 25,000 scholarship and advocacy prize. 3) The final category, the ArtVenture Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize, will focus on artists who are currently imprisoned for their artwork. The winner will receive US$ 25,000 towards supporting their family, paying legal costs and supporting advocacy efforts
The deadline to apply is October 31, 2008. To get more info click here.