Florida State University will host its 8th biennial 2016 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium, an enriching event that focuses on how art and design can be used to address issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or world.
Sponsored by the Department of Interior Design and the Department of Art Education and underwritten by the College of Fine Arts, the symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the William Johnston Building, 143 Honors Way.
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.
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.
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. Abstracts often incorporate fields other than art and design, such as medicine, social work, criminal justice, law, music, theatre and dance, and are presented in the forms of research, posters, panels, workshops and other performance methods.
Registration is $15 for students and $30 for non-students, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.