Artistic Expression

A variety of options are available for MSU students to use the arts to express themselves.

Watch the video below to learn more about how the arts can be used to address and create change, deliver a message, tell a story or highlight ideas.


Here are a few spaces, programs, events, and organizations that offer opportunities:

Social Justice Arts Festival

Held every January, this festival showcases all modes of work, including live theatrical and musical performances, poetry, literature, visual art, immersive art, installations, video/film and more. Prizes are awarded to top artists. A call for submissions is released each fall. For more information, contact the festival committee chairperson, Amber Benton in MSU's James Madison College.

Mosaic Multicultural Center

Residential College for Arts and Humanities

Transforming Theatre Ensemble

The Transforming Theatre Ensemble or TTE uses theatrical sketches to provide an interactive learning experience that engages faculty, staff, student, and community audiences in collaborative problem-solving. Using a variety of theatrical formats followed by interactive discussions led by a skilled facilitator, TTE encourages reflection and analysis of problematic attitudes and behaviors, as a step toward transformation. For more information on how to audition, email Lynn Lammers, TTE artistic coordinator, at

In Your Face Theatre Troupe

The In Your Face Theatre Troupe is a group of student performers that present a series of entertaining, educational skits focusing on student health and lifestyle decision-making issues. Visit the IYFTT Facebook page for more information.