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Student Social Justice Art Showcase

October 15 - 12pm-2pm

at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society in New Canaan

If you plan to participate, please register here

Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R),
 In association with The Glass House, presents:

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CALL FOR ENTRIES!! “Through Your Looking Glass” 
The Intersection of Art, Design and Architecture on Social Justice


Middle & High School Student Art Showcase to be held on October 15, from 12pm-2pm at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society

This Youth Art Showcase seeks to recognize the role of art, design and/or architecture in advancing social justice related to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Middle and  High school students (grades 6-12 as of 9/2022) are invited to create and submit art that reflects, through their eyes, how social justice issues impacts their lives or the lives of people they know…and how they feel about it. We seek art submissions that challenge and inspire the viewer to think about social justice related to inclusion, equity and diversity in new ways.

Need some inspiration about what we're looking for? 

- Check out this webinar with four leading NYC artists who speak about how social justice issues impacts their work and give advice for student participants:  https://savingplaces-org.zoom.us/rec/share/R6-BculX4NFm2h61sr030lmFgZLPWvVFI8lqbhSY7SmtRFMLzHZoIO8HD4JIveto.q7lK9-QWGSvcjOFi

- Get inspiration from the S.T.A.R Social Justice Artist Inspiration series on Instagram - @star.ct.2020.  Check it out and follow us!

Art can include paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, sculpture, videos/film (including TikTok style!) or architectural renderings. 

This is a true showcase, not a contest.  All participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss their work with each other and will learn from a leading social justice artist via a Zoom call. 

All participants will also benefit from having their work featured at an in-person Showcase celebration on October 15 as well as a special invitation to visit The Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site in New Canaan. The Showcase exhibit will remain on-view until October 29.

We look forward to seeing the creative output from local students and to hear the stories and thoughts about Social Justice that led to the art! Fill out the registration form to let us know you plan to submit then get started on your creation.  Form is linked below. 

Submission Details

*Deadline for Release Form and Art to be Delivered: October 4, 2022.  Please register in advance so we know you will be participating and we can add you to the Zoom call invite! REGISTER HERE

*Open to all youth who will be in grades six through twelve as of September 2022 from any public, private or parochial school in Fairfield County, CT. 

*Each original artwork submission must be accompanied by a completed Release Form to be signed by a teacher and/or parent, which will include artwork details and a paragraph describing the art and how it reflects the social justice theme through the participant’s own looking glass.  Content must comply with all local and national laws of the United States. Contents must not:

a) Promote illegal behavior

b) Support racial, religious, sexual or other prejudice

c) Avocate sexual or violent exploitation

d) Violate rights established by law or agreements

e) Invade the privacy of any person

f) Be otherwise inappropriate as determined by S.T.A.R

Release Form can be found here.

*Actual art must be hand delivered to the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society in New Canaan by October 4th and can be retrieved after October 30th.. Videos can be sent electronically. ALL submitted art will be featured at an in person celebration event at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society on October 15 (which coincides with the 2022 October4Design event.) 


*Submitting your art grants permission to Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R) and The Glass House to reproduce the art to promote the Showcase on websites, programs, flyers, social media and future publicity purposes. Artwork will be used in its entirety and not be altered and will be attributed to the artists including their age, town and grade level. Additional details on art usage are included in the Release form. 

Participant Benefits

ALL Showcase participants will receive:

  • Profile on S.T.A.R website (great for an art portfolio!)

  • Art featured at an in-person Showcase Celebration on October 15, during October4Design, with gallery open for public viewing until October 29.  Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their family and peers to view, photograph, and celebrate their works on display

  • One ticket to visit The Glass House in New Canaan for a two hour guided tour of The Glass House, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, outdoor sculpture and site walk (a $60 value)

  • Invitation to participate in two Zoom calls, referenced above.

Questions?  Contact the Vice Chair of S.TA.R: susanborst@susanborst.com

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Stand Together Against Racism

We believe that by working together, we can drive transformative and sustainable social change in our community and beyond.

As Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) enters a milestone in its organizational development with the news that we have received 501c-3 nonprofit status, we would like to reflect on our journey thus far as an organization and as a community.

In the summer of 2020, New Canaanites filled the streets, marching in support of Black Lives following the murder of Mr. George Floyd. There were powerful emotions out there on South Avenue. We came together in anger and in despair, and yet, we left uplifted: encouraged by the presence of our neighbors, strengthened by the passion of their voices.  We took these steps together as a community, and, as a community, we resolved to continue this journey together. 

Seventeen-year resident Fatou Niang, organizer of that march, followed up by creating S.T.A.R. and gathered a multiracial, multicultural group of residents in support. Many organizations around town, plus numerous local and state elected officials, clergy and the New Canaan Police Department, joined as partners or participated, demonstrating a public commitment to the cause. Individually and collectively, local organizations have given shape and form to the issues that animate the cause of racial justice through a variety of public programming. 

For some of us, the outcry following the murder of Mr. Floyd was our first entry into this work. For others, it was a long overdue recognition of what it means to be a person of color in America. Together, we ask the same question: how do we build solidarity around these hard-won truths? 

Grappling with what is often new and harsh knowledge is not easy. It can be gut-wrenching, but avoiding it is to turn away from lessons that many people cannot so willfully ignore. And, by taking on this challenge we expand our perspective, and from anguish we can emerge into honesty; from despair to determination; and from learning towards growth. 

Here at S.T.A.R., we see self-reflection as a critical aspect of racial justice. By starting with an examination of our own biases and preconceived notions, we more fully open ourselves up to learning from those who are different. We begin to see people as they wish to be seen, rather than speaking for their experience or perpetuating stereotypes. By looking at the ways dominant cultures have sought to push others to the margins, we promote the voices of those who society has sought to devalue and embrace them in the fullness of their identities. 


Even as we expose and explore the challenges of addressing racism, we seek joy in a growing sense of community and belonging. We seek healing in the embrace of honesty and the acknowledgement of pain. We seek dignity in affirming the equal worth of all races, cultures and the individuals who embody them. 


Whether it’s your first step or you are a long-time traveler on this march towards justice, we welcome your participation, your input and your presence.  We hope to see you at our next event: S.T.A.R. will be hosting a Juneteenth “Heart of Freedom” community picnic on the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society lawns from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, on Sunday June 19th.

By Standing Together we create a community where all can flourish and thrive. Please reach out and tell us what’s on your mind, by emailing us at  info@star-ct.org or joining us at one of our events. We’d love to hear from you and are grateful for your support.

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Our Mission

At Stand Together Against Racism (“S.T.A.R.”), our mission is to equip residents of New Canaan, CT and neighboring communities with tools and resources to understand systemic racism — including its history, root causes and the structures that perpetuate

it— and to proactively advocate for racial equity and bias elimination. We believe

that by working together, we can drive transformative and sustainable social

change in our community and beyond.

We seek to achieve our mission through three primary activities:


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S.T.A.R. is first and foremost an educational organization. Through workshops, events, reading lists, and other resources, we aim to advance awareness and understanding of the complex ecosystem that is systemic racism and to equip our community members—both adults and youth—with the information and tools they need to take action against it.

Community Outreach

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We believe that change starts at home. By forging strong connections with members of our community in New Canaan, we believe we can amplify our voice as we advocate for cross-cultural understanding, bias awareness and inclusion. S.T.A.R. has already formed ties with numerous local organizations that share our interest in racial equity and work with us to effect change.

Advocacy and Policy

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S.T.A.R. supports public policy initiatives at the local, state, and national levels, as well as grassroots activities aimed at dismantling the root causes of systemic racism. We are committed to amplifying the voices of affected communities advocating for the policies that support their identified needs and concerns.