Center for Arts & Social Justice at VCFA
Welcome to the Center, an initiative growing from our deep commitment to harnessing the power of the arts to help create a more just and humane world.
ABOUT THE CENTER
We believe the arts:
- empower humanity to envision, design, and build a more just and humane world;
- equip individuals with powerful tools for expression and communication;
- transform understanding by allowing us to imagine otherwise, creating connection across race, class, gender, nationality, culture, abilities, age, religion, political orientation, etc.;
- illuminate the human experience in its full emotional and physical reality.
The Center for Arts & Social Justice inspires community-based change through the arts. Harnessing the unique power of storytelling to elevate and amplify voices, the Center creates space for inspiration, innovation, exploration, collaboration, and community building. The Center provides opportunities for meaningful connection between individuals and within communities; through film, visual art, design, writing, and music we seek to discover, celebrate, and learn from a plurality of voices and histories to move toward a just and equitable future.
The Center will focus on different social justice themes, bringing together artists and designers, critics and curators, scholars and educators, legislators and activists, across disciplines, identities, and communities to create, share, learn, and explore. Through interdisciplinary programming with an emphasis on storytelling, the Center seeks to engage the power of art as a catalyst for progress.
Center for Arts & Social Justice Fellowship Grant
The VCFA Center for Arts & Social Justice Fellowship Grant is a $2,000 one-time award, available annually to one student in each program to support work and/or practice at the juncture of arts and social justice. The Center for Arts & Social Justice Fellowship Grant was created to provide support for students whose work shows a commitment to social justice; to celebrate and highlight that work, and to create a networking opportunity for recipients.
Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Application is open annually in June, with awards announced in August.
Center for Arts & Social Justice Thesis Fellowship Grant
The Center for Arts & Social Justice Thesis Fellowship Grant is a $5,000 grant awarded to 2 students annually to support thesis work focused on a social justice issue. In recognition of the Center’s mission, priority will be given to projects that seek to create community-based change through the arts, and/or show the potential for future community impact.
In addition to monetary support, recipients will be featured on the Center for Arts & Social Justice webpage and will join a network of Center for Arts & Social Justice Thesis Fellows who will present a talk about their work to a college-wide audience each year.
Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Applicants must be in the third or fourth semester of their program and be able to clearly articulate the details of their thesis project. Application is open annually in June, with awards announced in August.
Stay tuned—more details coming soon!
Art & Design Education
Explore these professional development opportunities for educators and artists who want to develop a strong social justice theme in their teaching practice and home communities.
Young Writers Network
We connect professional authors with young writers in high-need and underserved communities through in-depth school residencies and other programming, helping the next generation discover their voices, develop their craft, and explore future careers in writing.
Director, VCFA Center for Arts & Social Justice
(Featured image: “Listen,” screenprint by Cha Lakshmi Asokan, ’20 MAADE)