MSU Social Justice Art Festival

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Snyder-Phillips Hall

East Lansing, MI 48823

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The Social Justice Arts Festival (SJAF) is an event to display how art can be used as a medium to promote social justice and encourage dialogue across the MSU community. This festival will provide an opportunity for MSU students to showcase their unique art (poetry, storytelling, photography, painting, dance, theatre, short film, etc.) as it relates to social justice topics. Each artist will be given a 15 minute set to display their art as they see fit in a way they deem to be creatively appropriate.

RCAH Theater Lineup

| 1:00-1:15 PM | Happy Days Brandon Rose | Musical Performance

| 1:30-1:45 PM | Makes No Cents Joseph Herbst, Evan Taylor, Liany Mateo, Luther Allison, Peter Martin, & Zach McKinney | Musical Performance

| 2:00-2:15 PM | Immeasurable Numbness Rachel Nanzer & Craig Hedges | Storytelling/Studio Art

| 2:30-2:45 PM | The Black National Anthem- History and Performance Hadiya Knight | Musical Performance

| 3:00-3:15 PM | Recount Jordyn Davis, Margherita Fava, Will Crandell, Timothy Blackmon & Tissa Kholsa | Musical Performance

| 3:30-3:45 PM | Untitled Chandler Whitted | Studio Art

| 4:00 PM-4:15 PM | Water Drop Revolution Colin Payne | Musical Performance

| 4:30-4:45 PM | The Absence of Privilege* Arzelia Williams | Spoken Word

| 5:00-5:15 PM | Slavistar - The Music Of Roma Matthew Kay, Jonathan Evans, Jonah Magar, Phil Nagar & Willie Wang | Musical Performance

| 5:30-5:45 PM | Corporel* Yun Ju Pan | Musical Performance

| 6:00-6:15 PM | BIG Talk by Shelley Washington* Jeffrey Leung & Adam Epler | Musical Performance

RCAH Theater Lobby Lineup

| 1:15-1:30 PM | Citizen Diabetic Leila Malekadeli | Studio Art

| 4:15-4:30 PM | Project Pussy Hat Campus | Darlene Sobus | Studio Art

| 5:15-5:30 PM | Give Us Justice Sierra Tolbert | Studio Art

RCAH Lookout Gallery Lineup

| 1:15-1:30 PM | Who AM I? Azya Moore | Studio Art

| 1:15-1:30 PM | Black Girls Wear Pearls Too Azya Moore | Studio Art

| 1:45-2:00 PM | Love Has Many Faces Sonali Solanki | Studio Art

| 1:45-2:00 PM | Internal Entropy Sonali Solanki | Studio Art

| 2:15-2:30 PM | Equality of the sexes?* Lauren Driscoll | Spoken Word

| 2:45-3:00 PM | An Ode to Black Women & Our Bodies* Gerena Walker | Theatrical Performance

| 3:15-3:30 PM | Count Down* Molly Eddington | Studio Art

| 3:45-4:00 PM | Ceramic installation Liz Luna-Gagnon | Studio Art

Social Justice Art Festival Official Rules & Guidelines


For Artists

SJAF is open to any MSU undergraduate or graduate student who enters a sample of their artwork during the Call for Submissions period (October 19-November 19, 2017).

For Artwork

Eligible Artwork may:

  • Be the work of an individual artist or a team

  • Be any medium

  • Be a single piece, a series, an installation with multiple components, or any other output that can be exhibited in the space provided.

  • Be any size, provided it fits in the space secured in a Venue

Eligible Artwork must:

  • Be shown at a SJAF Venue

  • Be wholly owned by the Artist or team of Artists

  • Not infringe on third party rights

  • Be titled and voted on as a single entry

  • Abide by all applicable MSU Policies and other applicable laws and regulations

The eligibility of your Artwork is not confirmed until you’ve registered and received final confirmation from the SJAF Review Team. For specific questions about the eligibility of your entry, contact address.

Entry Categories

Each Artist Entry must be placed in one of nine Artistic Categories:

  • Dance

  • Photography

  • Poetry

  • Short Film

  • Song

  • Spoken Word

  • Storytelling

  • Studio/Visual Art

  • Theatrical Performance

The Artist’s selection of a Category is subject to review by SJAF staff. SJAF maintains the right to make the final determination of the Category of each Entry, to ensure that the definitions of the Categories are being interpreted consistently. If we feel that an Entry could work in more than one Category, we'll defer to the Artist's selection.

Artist Responsibilities

  • While there is no entry fee, the Artist is responsible for any other fees associated with the Entry, including without limitation, production costs, shipping and any other applicable fees unless otherwise coordinated ahead of time with the SJAF committee.

  • Artist Registration must be complete by 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 19, 2017.

  • The Artist is responsible for transportation of the Entry to and removal of the Entry from, the applicable Venue, unless otherwise coordinated ahead of time with the SJAF committee.

SAJF Rights

  • SJAF reserves the right to document SJAF and all associated displays and events and reserves the right to use this documentation for any purpose.

  • SJAF bears no liability to the Artist or relating to the Entry.

  • SJAF reserves the right to stop or prevent any performance that is inconcurrent with the spirit of the SJAF.

  • SJAF is not responsible for inaccurate, fraudulent, incomplete, illegible, tampered with, misdirected, late or stolen Entries or transmissions, or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic.

Awards & Voting

  1. People’s Choice Award - The audience will select the best artistic display or performance based on overall quality, creativity, and relationship to social justice.
  2. Most “Out of the Box” Artistic Display/Performance - The audience will select the artistic display or performance that presents the most unique artistic concept or creative medium.

  3. Most Inspiring - The audience will select the artistic display or performance that is most influential and inspires the individual to think about or understand a specific social justice topic in a different way.

Winner Selection

The audience will be asked to cast their vote for the artistic display/performance that best fits the description of the award. The artist that receives the majority of the votes for a particular category will be declared the winner of the award.


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