Art of Diversity Showcase

Art of Diversity


“For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization, our feelings were not meant to survive. Kept around as unavoidable adjuncts or pleasant pastimes, our feelings were expected to kneel to thought as women were expected to kneel to men. But women have survived. As poets. And there are no new pains. We have felt them all already. We have hidden that fact in the same place where we have hidden our power. They surface in our dreams, and it is our dreams that point the way to freedom.” Audre Lorde, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” 

The arts are not a luxury.  

They both reflect and contain the power to transform ourselves and our world. They allow us not only to tell our own stories, but to access the experiences of others across boundaries of race, culture, religion, gender, ability, and sexual orientation. They can lead us, if we let them, through understanding and empathy to help create more just and equitable communities.  

In conjunction with the 2021 Diversity Forum, the University of Pittsburgh Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Center for Creativity present the Art of Diversity Showcase. We invite all members of the Pitt and regional  communities  to submit creative work of any kind, from visual art to writing to performance. We’re looking for pieces that expand diversity consciousness and embrace and celebrate minoritized cultures and perspectives.  

Work will be displayed on the Showcase  gallery and University web and social media channels, with artist attribution. All entries are eligible for award distinctions, and awardees will be announced during the 2021 Diversity Forum. 

Submit creative work


  • Submissions open: Monday June 7
  • Submissions deadline: Friday, July 9
  • Awards announced during the 2021 Diversity Forum (July 26-29)


  • Writing (for the page): one $500 awardee / one $250 honorable mention
  • Visual art (2D, 3D, photo): one $500 awardee / one $250 honorable mention
  • Performance (video, music, slam): one $500 awardee / one $250 honorable mention
  • People’s Choice (voting, open to public): one $500 awardee
  • Interdisciplinary Award (works that cross genres) one $500 awardee


View the archive from last year's Art of Diversity Showcase