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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 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2019 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.

The 2019 Campus Civic Poet Awardee will win a $500 award from the Department of English.

The Inaugural Fine Arts Choice Award of $500 will be awarded to the top submission by a Fine Arts student from the Department of Fine Arts.

2019 Student Submissions

2019 Submission Guidelines

Public Art Exhibition Feb. 17-28, 2019

Fine Arts Gallery 3

Showcase & Awards Reception

Feb. 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Gallery 3


Contact Lauren Jasmer

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