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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.

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).
  • Community Outreach
    • Submissions that build bridges between WSU (or the WSU community and individuals) and other communities.

Note: This year, AFSC is specifically seeking works of art that engage with the themes of WSU’s 2020-2021 Common Reading Born a Crime, written by Trevor Noah. The themes are:

    • Segregation/Apartheid
    • Mixed race families/individuals
    • Police Brutality
    • Being a crime (as opposed to committing a crime
Evaluation Criteria

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

  • Artistic interpretation of themes
  • 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 are announced and presented with awards every year at the next Art for Social Change Competition Showcase.  (Update: The Showcase and Reception have been cancelled for 2021).

The event is hosted by the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. All submissions are featured and available for viewing at the showcase and reception.

Award Announcement

We are proud to announce the award winners of the 2021 AFSC Competition.


Guidelines for 2021 Submissions (Due Date Passed. Guidelines for 2022 coming this Fall)

Announcing 2021 Art for Social Change Competition Winners

Previous Submissions and Winners

2020 Student Submissions and Winners
2019 Student Submissions and Winners


Contact Tom Forbes
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