Enter: MLK Awards for Creative Expression

Record, compose, write, or create a piece of work around the theme of the 2023 MLK Day Celebration: Roots for Change: Approaches to Social Justice Action, or other themes related to social justice, diversity, equity & inclusion. The piece/work may be selected/adapted from your Nazareth course-based portfolio, or created specifically for the 2023 celebrations. No copyrighted materials should be submitted.

Premiere performance(s), exhibition(s), and presentation(s) will be part of the calendar of events for the Week of Social Justice, February 27-March 4, 2023.

Who's eligible: Undergraduate and graduate students (any major/grad program)

Awards: $250 stipend in each category — music, theatre/dance, visual arts, & open. The award may affect federal need-based aid and may be taxable.

Deadline: Submit your work to the appropriate faculty or staff member (listed in each category below) no later than Monday, February 6, 2023. 

Judging: Each category will have an adjudicating committee formed by three Nazareth faculty and/or staff members. Adjudicating committee members should be available for advising. No faculty or staff supervision is permitted.

Results: Award recipients will be announced by Monday, February 13, 2023.

Requirements:​ The creator of the winning submission in each category will be responsible for putting together and organizing the performance, presentation, or display of their new artistic creation. Departments may be able to assist in providing limited resources (i.e. faculty advising, rehearsal space, materials, etc.).

Sponsored by: Culture, Community, and Belonging, the MLK Celebration Planning Committee, and the visual and performing arts departments.

Categories & Entry Details

Visual Arts

Samples of previous winning pieces

Music: Ally Yanoff, "Our Yesterday" (small ensemble/voice)

    Open Category: Mariela Leon Thomas, "Who I am" (video)

      Visual Arts: Raechelle Hajduk, "Mask Required for Entry" (linoleum print)