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Last updated on Dec 14, 2021

The Center for the Arts and Public Life has hosted the Impact Awards each year giving the students an opportunity to win funding and mentorship for their impact project.

2022 Impact Award Theme : Equity for a More Resilient World

COVID-19 has underscored many structural inequities that weaken our capacity to survive a global crisis. Reduced economic mobility; society’s reliance on women both on the front line and at home; and the long-standing segregation by income and race in education, employment, housing, and health care place society at greater risk because not everyone can fully contribute and participate.

In order to survive as a productive and healthy society, we need to create equity of opportunity and access. How can we as artists and designers use our work to build equity to create a more resilient world in the interest of everyone?


The Community Impact winner will receive $10,000.

The Exceptional Innovator award will receive $5,000.

The Outstanding Startup will receive $2,500.

Applications accepted Monday, March 7, 2022 to March 14, 2022

Requirements for Applications

Presentation of project through 10 min recorded video presentation.

3 to 5 photographs of work or work in progress.

250 words on the project, its purpose, and its impact.

Important Dates

Finalists will be announced Friday, March 18th  

Finalist interviews with jurors will be held the week of March 28th 

Winners announced week of April 4th

Student Competition

This year we would like to see more student led initiatives.

The Impact Award recognizes the diversity of mind, medium, and talent. Students in all media are invited to submit proposals.

The Impact Award is an opportunity for the student activist to plant a seed in the community.

Jurors for the 2022 Impact Awards will be announced soon.

Remember the key word is Impact. If you have a project or artwork you believe is perfect but would like help growing your Impact Please reach out to for advice and guidance.

Winners of the 2021 Impact Awards

The Community Impact Award Winner of $5,000 Play, Seed, and Unite Nivedita Rajendra

The Exceptional Innovator Award Winner of $2,500 Exit Wounds Rachel Parish

The Outstanding Startup Award Winner of $1,000 Living Gallery Chinasa Porter and Carissa Clark

Past Winners