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Social Justice Art Festival

Save the date for the Social Justice Art Festival

Friday, January 25, 2019
Snyder-Phillips Hall
12:00 PM
Artists and guests must register online
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The 2nd Annual Social Justice Art Festival is a one (1)-day event co-hosted by James Madison College (JMC) and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH). Art is a useful tool that encompasses multiple mediums and has the ability to inspire and convey messages that we often grapple with or relate to in our everyday lives. By using art, festival participants have the opportunity to engage in a variety of topics in meaningful and creative ways. The goal of this event is to provide a unique platform that engages undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and the greater MSU/East Lansing community around social justice topics through artistic expression. The inspiration for this event is derived from contemporary art shows and local festivals that capture the sentiment of art, unity, and justice.

SJAF 2019 Schedule:


Visual/Performance Artists

RCAH Theater (Terrace Level)
Beginning at 1:15 PM
Wade Kogler, Carson Dara, & Trent Dara | Lauren Batdorff | Madelyn Eischer | Andre Reed | Lauren Driscoll | India Young with Chaos Dance Company| Azya Moore | McKenzie Suarez

Lookout Gallery Hallway (2nd floor)
Beginning at 1:15 PM
Meghan Hollister | Frankie Potochick | Madyson Hoffman | Cassie Feith

Lookout Gallery (2nd floor)
Beginning at 1:20 PM
Taylor Belyea | Katherine Johnson | Jennifer Bugli | Tessa Wegman | Annie Brandicourt | Gabrielle McKeever | China Tolbert | Charlotte Nana | Madelyn Eischer

Autumn Laws | Allegedly Accounted For
Room C2XX (2nd floor)
Showtimes: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, & 3:30 PM
Featured Short Film (not eligible for awards)

Ariana Brown presents Conjuring What We Need
Room C2XX (2nd floor)
2:00-3:00 PM

It is easy to feel alone when we are going through a crisis. “Conjuring What We Need” is a workshop that asks participants to remember their own strength by remembering all the communities they are a part of. Through a series of writing exercises, participants will call on ancestors, motivate themselves, and engage in deliberate self-care. This workshop will create a safe space for participants of all writing backgrounds to create their own healing, stimulate mental health, and explore positive cultural identity.

Mix-n-Mingle Reception
2:45-3:45 PM
RCAH Theater Lobby (Terrace Level)

Writing Center @ MSU presents Connecting Communities, Creating Stories
3-4 PM, 5-6 PM
Room C2XX (2nd floor)
Connecting Communities, Creating Stories is a Community Composing Project sponsored by the Writing Center @ MSU. Everyone has a story to tell, and we're here to listen! Our goal is help our community find commonalities and a love of our differences through the telling and listening of story. Please visit our station to tell us your story. We'll record it and place along the stories of many others in the Lansing community on our website, communitycomposingproject.org.


Performance Keynote featuring Ariana Brown
RCAH Theater (Terrace Level)
Beginning at 4 PM

Visual/Performance Artists
RCAH Theater (Terrace Level)
Beginning at 5:15 PM
Debrah Miszak | Camille Thomas | Boitshoko Molefhi | Catheryn Jennings

Lookout Gallery (2nd floor)
Beginning at 5:20 PM
Liberty Fets | Anjana Palanivelu

Closing Ceremony presented by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU)
RCAH Theater (Terrace Level)
6-7:30 PM

Sponsors of the festival

James Madison College | Residential College in the Arts and Humanities | Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative | College of Agriculture and Natural Resources | Graduate School |College of Natural Science | Honors College | College of Engineering | College of Music | Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives | College of Social Science | College of Communication Arts and Sciences | College of Arts and Letters | Residential and Hospitality Services | Writing Center @ MSU | Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

What is social justice?

While the definition of social justice can vary, it pertains to the relationship between human rights and the equal distribution of resources, opportunities, and privileges in society. It can also include social, economic and political equality; dismantling inequality; use of policy and laws; societal and personal responsibility; and creating access to opportunity.

2019 Social Justice Art Festival – Call for submissions – Submit a sample of your art by Friday, October 19th, 2018.

Required Artists’ Meetings

Initial Meeting: Monday, December 3rd at 8 PM in Snyder-Phillips Hall (room TBD)
Final Meeting: Friday, January 18th at 1 PM in Snyder-Phillips Hall (room TBD)

All accepted artists for the Social Justice Art Festival must register through EventBrite (coming soon)

MSU campus map and parking information

This event is open to the public and MSU faculty, staff, and students.

Guests must register for this event at Eventbrite.

MSU campus map and parking information

We appreciate your help! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please sign-up for a shift(s) online (coming soon). Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, academic specialists, and staff are welcome to volunteer for this event.

All volunteers will be required to attend a meeting/orientation on Monday, January 14 at 8 PM in Snyder-Phillips Hall (room TBD). This is an opportunity to discuss your volunteer role and logistics for the event.

Signup to volunteer