Karrie Simpson Voth, interim chair of the Department of Art and Design, and Melissa Dixon, assistant director of digital marketing in the Office of University Relations and Marketing, recently presented, “Viral Engagement: When Art and Politics Collided on Social Media,” at the national Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference in Indianapolis.

Simpson Voth and Dixon discussed the impact of “Let Your Voice Be Heard,” a poster competition put on by FHSU’s graphic design students, on local social media.

Students designed posters promoting awareness of social and political issues. Community members voted on their favorites, and the winning posters were shared on social media. Heated debates broke out among users, promoting discussion of democracy, civic engagement, citizenship and social issues.

The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference is sponsored by the American Democracy Project, the Democracy Commitment Initiative and the NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education's Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.