UCLA Student Art Competition

Witnessing the Past, Envisioning our Future
25th Anniversary of the 1992 Sa-I-Gu/Los Angeles Uprisings


UCLA graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s (EDI) art competition exploring themes related to the largest civil unrest in contemporary American history, which began in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992. This competition will be part of EDI’s full-day event commemorating this period of civil unrest on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at the Luskin Conference Center, Sa-I-Gu: The Los Angeles Uprisings 25 Years Later: Witnessing the Past, Envisioning our Future. Student submissions will be accepted in the following areas:

1)    Visual Art
2)    Performance Art
3)    Poetry
4)    Short Stories (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
5)    Digital Media


The purpose of the competition is to encourage UCLA students to use the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Sa-I-Gu/Los Angeles Uprisings to critically examine the root causes of this historic event, its impacts on multi-racial democracy and community building, and its relevance to contemporary issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Notwithstanding existing scholarship, retrospectives, and commentaries, EDI believes that the historical and contemporary significance of the 1992 Sa-I-Gu/Los Angeles Uprisings remains to be fully examined and explored. In particular, we believe there is a need for more intentional cross-generational perspectives that offer various viewpoints concerning the meaning of this social rebellion and its lessons for today’s socio-political context.


Step One:

To encourage, inspire, and support UCLA students to embark on a critical inquiry of the 1992 Sa-I-Gu/Los Angeles Uprisings, all potential art competition participants must attend at least one of the panels presented by EDI on April 28, 2017. The impressive collection of voices present at the EDI event will offer competition participants an analytical and conceptual point of departure that will raise questions, reveal new perspectives, and inspire creativity. On top of the EDI event, we encourage students to attend additional community events that will offer multidisciplinary analyses of Sa-I-Gu/The Los Angeles Uprisings and enable students to deepen their grasp of this historical event and diverse perspectives of its meaning.

Step Two:

EDI will open a period for submission of entries in each of the 5 areas of art described above from Summer 2017 to October 2017. EDI will sponsor a public display of selected submissions before the end of Fall Quarter 2017. A group of judges working in conjunction with EDI will select winning entries in each of the art categories above. Winners will receive recognition and a cash prize.

To register for EDI’s April 28th, 2017 event, UCLA students may use the link below (registration is free and open to all students):



Please e-mail any questions to rklibaner@equity.ucla.edu

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