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2016 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium

Published December 4, 2015


On January 18th, 2016, Florida State University students have the exciting opportunity to attend the 8th biennial 2016 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium. This enriching event focuses on how 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.


Rebekah Elliott & Carolyn Henne, FSU Department of Art

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 is sponsored by the Department of Interior Architecture + Design and the Department of Art Education and underwritten by the College of Fine Arts of Florida State University.

The morning and early afternoon event on January 18, 2016 will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is $15 for students and $30 for non-students.

The Symposium will feature multiple presentations that focus on topics that reflect how art and/or design, broadly interpreted, can be avenues of solution seeking for issues of social justice. In addition to multiple presentations, there will also be a poster session where researchers and participants will have the opportunity to interact, discuss, and share ideas. This conference is national in scope and accepted narratives from each year are published in the symposium’s proceeding.

This year’s keynote is Mark Randall, co-founder of World Studio, which works to bridge the gaps between collaborators on design-related social issues to support the communities they serve. Randall regularly lectures on social design at colleges, universities, and industry conferences around the nation and World Studio’s work has won leading industry awards.


Aja Roache – Sustaining Underserved Youth Communities and Sustaining Art Museums, 2014

A few months before the symposium, 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. They often incorporate fields other than art and design, such as medicine, social work, criminal justice, law, music, theatre and dance. Abstracts are presented in the forms of research, posters, panels, workshops, and other performance methods.

Contact Department of Interior Architecture + Design Chair Lisa Waxman at or (850) 644-8326 with any questions.

See what past visitors had to say about the symposium:

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

For additional information, please visit the Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium website