The Honey W. Nashman Center Prize for Community Engagement in the Arts and Design


Adele Kenworthy

Corcoran student and social practice artist Adele Kenworthy partnered with Empowered DC to create an art installation advocating for park space in DC’s Ivy City neighborhood in May 2020. Following the event, Mayor Bowser announced she would spend $20 million to restore a former school into a community center.


The Nashman Center Prize for Community Engagement in the Arts and Design recognizes George Washington University students who use artistic practice to engage in community relationships aimed at justice, social change, and advocacy. Student projects are conceived, designed, and implemented in the context of authentic partnerships with community organizations and/or community members. Community engagement in the arts and design enhances communities as they work for social transformation, raises public awareness on important issues. It is a catalyst for reflection and discourse on justice. Ideally, community organizations or residents are engaged in the creative process. At a minimum, projects consult with a partner organization or community leader in decision-making and planning.

The Nashman Center awards first and second place prizes, $300 and $200 respectively. The prizes are awarded annually in conjunction with the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design’s NEXT event. Any student participating in NEXT (NEXT 180, NEXT symposia, performances, and exhibitions) whose work meets the selection criteria of the Nashman Prize is eligible to apply.

Students selected as finalists for the prize present a five-minute artist’s talk to a selection panel following the NEXT Opening Night. The judging panel is comprised of Nashman Faculty Affiliates, the Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, community leaders, and Corcoran alumni.

Selection Criteria

  • Connection between creative work and community impact/advocacy, including evidence of outcomes where possible
  • Commitment to community engagement grounded in equity and reciprocity, including evidence of community participation or consultation
  • Demonstration of creative expression and originality
  • High quality of the final project, based on the standards of practice of the medium/field


  • April 8, 2022. Application deadline for students interested in being considered. Any student participating in the NEXT Show, in-person or online (NEXT 180, NEXT symposia, performances, and exhibitions) is eligible.
  • April 15. Students selected as finalists will be notified.
  • April 29, 4-5 pm. Finalists will present their artist’s talk to the review panel, via Zoom.
  • May 13. Winners of the Nashman Prize will be announced at Corcoran Graduation.


Students apply online, by Friday, April 8. The online application steps include:

  • Enter applicant information (name, email, title of the work, academic program)
  • Upload a PDF document with the student’s description of the work, the outcomes for the community, and their engagement with the community in the creative and implementation processes. This statement should address the selection criteria. (Word limit: 300 words).
  • Upload a PDF document with a brief letter of support from a community partner. The letter should describe the outcomes of the project for the community, as well as how they and/or others in the community were involved in the project.
  • Indicate whether the project has been shared on GWServes. If so, please be sure to share them with the GWServes Subgroup: Community Engagement in the Arts, Design, and Humanities. Note: this is not an application requirement, but GWServes Impacts provide an opportunity to share additional descriptions, images, and explanations of your work with the review committee.
  • Please address any questions to Wendy Wager, Director of Community Engaged Scholarship at the Nashman Center. [email protected]