MLK Inspired Art & Performance Contest

Enjoy the visual art and performances of MIT and Wellesley students.

Visual, literary, and performance art that is inspired by the ideals of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders in the US and the world can be tremendously powerful. The arts can teach us deeply about freedom, justice, peace, equality, civil rights, human rights, and social justice.

Are you inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr or other civil rights leaders such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Fannie Lou Hamer and Harvey Milk?

Express yourself by entering:

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

The contest is open to all MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and Wellesley students cross-registered at MIT. Cash prizes up to $250 are awarded to winning entries.

Your entry should be related to or inspired by any of the ideals of Dr. King or other civil rights leaders in the past or current human rights activists in the US and the world. These ideals include freedom, justice, peace, equality, civil rights, human rights and/or social justice.

This program is currently on hiatus. Check this page in the future for updates.

MLK inspired paintings displayed in Lobby 10


Previous MLK-Inspired Art & Performance Contests

For more information about this program, visit the MLK Scholars website.