2022 Polis Discourse for Democracy
Art Competition Finalists

This year, the Polis Innovation Accelerator invited all Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to put their creative talents to work offering original creations that reflect the theme: “Discourse for Democracy.”  

Extreme polarization–or intense division and distrust resulting from people’s opposing opinions on various issues–has become a prominent feature of our political landscape.  While diverse perspectives and healthy debate are integral to a well-functioning democracy, the disunity and even violence that extreme polarization can generate pose a serious threat to democracy.  The arts offer a powerful mechanism for promoting meaningful political discussion and helping people find common ground. 

Read on to see our finalists and their work!

Visual Arts Category

Writing Category

Performing Arts Category