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Social Justice Art Festival


Art has the capacity to move us, to open up new ways of thinking and understanding, to increase our empathy and inspire us to take action. The MSU Social Justice Art Festival (SJAF) is a four-day festival featuring a variety of student artworks centered on social justice topics. This festival was created in 2017 by Dr. Amber Benton, Director of Diversity Programming and Student Engagement for James Madison College at Michigan State University, with the first festival kicking off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2018. The objective of SJAF is to provide a unique platform that engages undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and the greater MSU and East Lansing communities around social justice topics through artistic expression. Due to the success of the first festival, SJAF is traditionally offered annually during the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This event is a partnership among many units and colleges across campus, including: James Madison College, Residential College for Arts And Humanities, and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives as well as the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

Student Art

View Student Art at sjaf.msu.edu

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Previous Recipients Year of Award
People's Choice Award: Jada Flowers 2021
Most "Out-of-the-Box" Award: Charlotte Bachelor 2021
Most Inspiring - Visual Art Award: Nicolei Gupit 2021
Most Inspiring - Performance Art Award: Sequoia Snyder 2021
People’s Choice Award: Raquel Acosta 2020
Most "Out-of-the-Box" Award: Maddy Eischer 2020
Most Inspirational Visual Art Award: Lillian Young 2020
Most Inspirational Performance Art Award: Spencer Arias 2020
People's Choice Award: Kitty Johnson 2019
Most "Out-of-the-Box" Award: Madyson Hoffman 2019
Most Inspiring - Visual Art Award: Frankie Potochick 2019
Most Inspiring - Performance Art Award: Andre Reed 2019
People's Choice Award: Gerena Walker 2018
Most "Out-of-the-Box" Award: Sonali Solanki 2018
Most Inspiring Artistic Display/Performance: Jordan D., Margherita F., Will C., Timothy B. & Tissa K. 2018