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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Art for Social Change Competition and Showcase

The Art for Social Change Competition seeks to create space for and recognize the role of art in advancing social justice, as a process and a goal. We seek artistic submissions that provoke, challenge, and inspire.

The goal of this competition is to not only call attention to the importance of recognizing the vast inequalities that persists in the world today, but also to recognize the necessity to build a new world –  to dream, to envision, to invent, to create –  redefining how we live and interact with our surroundings. 

Submission Categories

The Art for Social Change Competition and Showcase includes four distinct categories for students to explore. New this year is the additional category of the Campus Civic Poet, which seeks to recognize a commitment to civic engagement demonstrated by a student poet.

Submissions will be accepted for consideration in the following categories:

  • Remembering MLK and Revitalizing the Dream
    • Submissions that commemorate the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of MLK, and those that relate to the theme Revitalizing the Dream.
  • Social Justice In Action
    • Submissions that address contemporary issues of inequality and injustice at the local, national, or global level. 
  • Community-Building at WSU
    • Submissions that foster an inclusive community at WSU (must be specific to WSU).
  • Campus Civic Poet
    • Submissions that celebrate civic engagement and the spoken word in the WSU campus community.
    • Submission requires a one-page (minimum) description of the student’s civic engagement, literary accomplishments, academic or other achievements, along with any documentation of the student’s work, such as publications and/or links to their poetry and/or performances.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions for the first three categories will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Artistic interpretation
  • Ability to provoke and inspire change 
  • Innovation and originality

Submissions for the Campus Civic Poet category will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Civic engagement
  • Literary accomplishments
  • Academic and non-academic achievements

Showcase and Awards Reception

Winners will be announced and presented with awards at the Art for Social Change Competition Showcase at 4:30 p.m. on February 20, 2020 in Gallery 3 in the Fine Arts Building on the WSU Pullman campus.

The event will be hosted by the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. All submissions will be featured and available for viewing at the showcase and reception. View the showcase and awards reception in our Art for Social Change Showcase album.

The 2020 Campus Civic Poet Awardee will win a $500 award from the Department of English.

Award Recognition

We are proud to announce the award winners of the 2019 AFSC Competition.

Remembering MLK and Revitalizing the Dream

Social Justice in Action   

  • two hundred sixty three by Kendra Robinson

Community-Building at WSU 

  • A Collective Representation of the Intersections of Gender, Race, Class, and Education Among First Generation Students of Color at Washington State University by Ray Acuna-Luna

Campus Civic Poet   

  • Canto y Grito, Para Dr. Ricardo Sanchez Post Card for an Altar by Veronica Sandoval

Fine Arts Choice Award

  • Transparent by Theresa Williams

Submission form for WSU undergraduate and graduate students, staff or faculty

Submission form for K-12 students

2020 Submission Guidelines
2019 Student Submissions

Public Art Exhibition Feb. 17-28, 2020

Fine Arts Gallery 3

Showcase & Awards Reception

Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Gallery 3


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