Anti-Racism Arts Festival

Anti-Racism Arts Festival

Anti-Racism Arts Festival 2021

Co-sponsored by VIUFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee (HRISC) and CREATE

In the wake of Black Lives Matter, VIUFA HRISC encourages individuals to take a stand against racism.  Let us begin having conversations about anti-racism in our communities, whether inside or outside of the classroom.

“Activism moves the material world, while Art moves the heart, body and soul.  In fact, however, they are complementary [sic].  Social change doesn’t just happen, it happens because people decide to make change.”  (C4AA, Artistic Activism 2018)


Tuesday, April 13 @ 1pm

As part of this Performance session the following ARAF entries will be shared:

  • Through Their Eyes by Chloe Geddes (Film)
  • Fusion by Ta Udomchaisakul (Film)
  • White female privilege by Amy Staples (Dance)

Zoom Details

Wednesday, April 14 @ 1pm

As part of the SHORT Films Fest the following ARAF entries will be shared:

  • The Dreamers by Sabina Willems (Spoken Word)
  • Decolonize Your Mind by Skye Bell (Film)
  • Returning Home by Carrie Davis (Film)

Zoom Details:

Thursday, April 15 @ 10:30am

As part of the CREW 310/410 class showcase the following ARAF entries will be shared:

  • One Unread Message by Aaron Koch
  • A collection of poems inspired by James Baldwin by Brennan O’Toole
  • Poetic Biography of Tupac Shakur by Claire Manning
  • A collection of Poems by Kim Hunter
  • she paints her Black dress yellow with the roses from her momma by Rue Burgoyne-King
  • A collection of poems by Shawnda Wilson
  • Frederick Douglass by ward norcutt

Zoom Details:


We are please to showcase ARAF entries in the following two online exhibits. Check them out and make sure to cast your vote for the Peoples' Choice Award.

Student Creativity Seen:  

Student Research Seen:


In each category, the top three entries will receive $100 and will be included in the Nanaimo Museum’s virtual exhibit on anti-racism.  The VIU Blue Ribbon will be awarded to the top ARAF entry which includes a further $100 prize made possible by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Human Rights. As well, there will be four random draws of a $25 gift certificate to Mambo’s Pizza for entries to the Anti-Racism Arts Festival.