2022 MLK Inspired Art & Performance Contest

2022 MLK Inspired Art & Performance Contest

Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO)


Rev. Martin Luther King during a press conference, 6 November 1964. Photo: Dick DeMarsico for World Telegram & Sun. Source: Library of Congress


Enjoy the visual art and performances of MIT community members.

Visual, literary, and performance arts inspired by the ideals of Dr. King are a powerful way to honor his work and legacy. The arts can teach us deeply about freedom, justice, peace, equality, civil rights, human rights, and social justice.

Enter the contest by submitting:

  • visual art (painting, photography, sculpture, video)
  • performance art (music, song, spoken word, dance, theater)
  • literary work (poetry, short story, speech, play)

That evoke feelings of:

  • The past – embodying MLK’s mission.
  • The present – highlighting this year’s theme, upholding the flame for fairness and justice.
  • The future – showing us hope through joy.

The contest is open to all MIT undergraduate and graduate students, staff, postdocs, and faculty.

Prizes up to $200 are awarded to winning entries.


Please submit your artwork by January 20th, 2023.