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Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium

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The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium focuses on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be used to address issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or world. The event is designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives, and allow examination of the role that art and design plays in the telling of a broader social narrative.

social justice n.

“Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. For this reason justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others.”
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice

The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium is held biennially, with 2016 marking its 8th year. This conference is national in scope with a double blind review policy for research and creative proposals. Accepted narratives from each year are published in the symposium’s proceeding (see links below).

The 2016 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium will be held on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Florida on Martin Luther King Day, January 18th, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Department of Interior Architecture and Design and the Department of Art Education and underwritten by the College of Fine Arts of Florida State University.

Download the 2016 Symposium Proceedings
Register for the symposium
Download a list of restaurants and hotels near FSU
Download the full symposium schedule
Download campus map and parking location

2016 Call for Abstracts

Deadline: Monday, October 5

Abstracts are solicited for presentation at the 2016 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Interior Architecture and Design and the Department of Art Education in the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium focuses on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be used to address issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or the world. The event is designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives, and allow examination of the role that art and design plays in the telling of a broader social narrative.

Abstracts are solicited for presentations on topics that reflect how art and/or design, broadly interpreted, can be avenues of solution seeking for issues of social justice. Proposals are also welcome from fields other than art and design (that are using art and design-related techniques) including, but not limited to, medicine, social work, criminal justice, law, music, theatre and dance.

For more details see the official call: Call for Abstracts.

Resources:

Conference Proceedings 2016
Conference Proceedings 2014
Conference Proceedings 2012
Conference Proceedings 2011
Conference Proceedings 2010
Conference Proceedings 2009
Conference Proceedings 2007
Conference Proceedings 2006

I just wanted to thank you for having us come to be part of your inspiring symposium.  It was such a great experience.  It’s amazing how powerful it is getting to hear about all the progress of other’s approaches of creating social justice through art and design. It really recharges a person. Thank you again for hosting such a great symposium.”

– Bonnie Casamassima, M.F.A. Candidate, Savannah College of Art and Design. 2012

This was the second symposium I have attended, and the first in which I have presented.  It was a great day, full of new ideas and fresh perspectives; I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.”

– Tony Daniels, FSU, University Business Administrators. 2012

Thank you again for the opportunity to present, it was exciting for us to share our experiences with a receptive audience and to hear from so many others that are doing exciting things!
– Echo Railton, FSU Studio Arts major. 2012

I had a wonderful time at the symposium. I truly enjoyed the participation of the performing arts as it enriched the day and raised my spirits. The lectures were both inspiring and eye-opening. I also want to congratulate you on a beautiful and functional new building. WOW! It was a great case study on how to design an educational facility.”

– Liset Arza Robinson, Interior Design Professor, SCAD Atlanta. 2012

“The symposium was tremendously enriching. I met a lot of great people doing interesting and important work. Thank you and your colleagues for your work putting it together!”

– Ron Dulaney, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, West Virginia University, 2010

It was a great symposium and I enjoyed all the events. I would very much like to come again.  Thank you for the opportunities this symposium provided.

– Esther Eunsil Kho, Assistant Professor of Art Theory, Seoul National University of Technology, Korea. 2010

“I want to offer my genuine gratitude for a fine conference. It was well organized and represented a valuable contingent of participants from around the globe who were able to share diverse ideas for applying art and design to the issues of social justice. I hope to join you again!” 

– Susan Martin Meggs, Assistant Professor Interior Design, East Carolina University. 2010