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Call for Proposals

23rd Annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival

February 16-17, 2024 • ASU Tempe Campus


Proposals due by December 15, 2023

How do we create change together?

How do we transform and bridge our differences?

Can artivism heal and drive meaningful change?

Local, national and international news stories and events expose a world that is divided by race, gender, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status, nationality, educational attainment, (dis)ability, ethnicity, immigrant status, political party, and other physical, economic, and social barriers. Nevertheless, individuals and communities have resisted such divisions, oppressions and injustices through creating art, expressions, and transformative spaces that spark movements for change and invoke hope for a more just future. 

Do you or your organization channel art and expression to shape a better world? 

For the 23rd Annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival, we seek presenters that will contribute to our theme, “Creators for Change,” showcasing art as activism. We know local, national, and international artists use their creativity to provoke thought, foster dialogue, and drive positive change. We hope to ignite discussions, actions, and cultivate artistic talent united toward creating a just and equitable world.

WHEN & WHERE: The Forum and Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, 2024 at Arizona State University, Tempe campus. Proposed presentations, art demonstrations, and workshops will be on Saturday, 2/17 during morning sessions.

HOW: Submit your proposal via by December 15.

WHO: We encourage individuals, grassroots organizations, community groups, and artists and creators of all ages to submit proposals to share their insights, stories, and ideas as creators of change.

WHAT TO PRESENT: Show off your artistic process and projects that transform and inspire new perspectives on challenging issues. Hold a skill-share or workshop of success stories. Listen or share storytelling that highlights artivism. Pitch an idea for artivism and find collaborators. Show off your projects and collaborate with others. We welcome proposals that harness the power of art and expression in various engaging formats, such as:

  • Individualized readings of works-in-progress with a Q&A session
  • Visual artist talks about work, process, and influences
  • Short (20-30 minute) excerpts of performances by actors, drag performers, rappers, performance artists, musicians, singers, and dancers; followed by moderated discussions
  • Short (20-30 minute) film excerpts of narrative or documentary works, followed by moderated discussions with the director, actors, or production team
  • Panel discussions with organizers and activists who have implemented successful community programs or policy campaigns

GETTING ON THE PROGRAM: Successful proposals will address the power of art, expression and community creation, including but not limited to:

  • Art as a catalyst for social justice and equality
  • Creative expressions of access to education, technology, and healthcare
  • Artistic endeavors in environmental sustainability
  • Celebrating diversity through artistic and cultural expressions
  • Art’s capacity to drive economic equity
  • Creating safe spaces and bridging differences within communities

We encourage individuals, organizations, and community groups to submit proposals that provide thought-provoking responses to the following questions:

  1. How can we utilize art and creative expression as a means to drive systemic change and systematic changes that contribute toward a more equitable future?
  2. In an age of division, how can art and creative expression create spaces that foster open and constructive dialogue, nurturing understanding and collaboration?
  3. What role does self-care and community-care/mutual aid play in sustaining your creative spirit, process, or while navigating the challenges that come with being a creator for change?
  4. What work is needed and how can we better collaborate and forge and fortify alliances that have the power to bring about transformative change?

Join us at the 23rd Annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival as we explore the theme “Creators for Change” through showcasing how creative expression can be a transformative force in social justice movements that seek for a more equitable future.

Deadline to submit your proposal: December 15th, 2023


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