Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) & Little Tokyo Business Association (CA), Sustainable Little Tokyo: 2 Calls for Artists
Deadline: January 15th, 2018
From their call: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and Little Tokyo Business Association in collaboration with Sustainable Little Tokyo invites artists deeply rooted in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, CA) to submit two-dimensional plans, sketches/drawings, images, or renderings as proposals for two art commissions that explores the past, present, and future of our community:
1.) Little Tokyo Open: The Art of Mini Golf
will transform open space within the Little Tokyo district into a pop-up nine-hole miniature golf course, connecting two plazas—Frances Hashimoto Plaza and JACCC Plaza—into one contiguous play area. The mini-golf course will temporarily take place on two consecutive weeks, April 14th-15th
and 21st-22nd, 2018.
- 9 artists/art groups will be selected and given options for one of nine prefabricated mini-golf holes (approx. 8×12’ with varying shapes) to create props and obstacles (e.g. tunnels, bridges, loops, etc.) and/or other sculptural elements on and around the hole.
- Selected artists will receive a $500 commission fee with up to $500 fabrication/materials budget fora total of up to $1000. The artist is responsible for the construction, fabrication, and installation of the artwork.
2.) Windows of Little Tokyo
turns Little Tokyo into an outdoor art exhibition with 10-15 site-specific, two-dimensional artworks displayed on the windows of small businesses and institutions across the neighborhood. Windows of Little Tokyo will be displayed from April 14th–October 13th, 2018
(duration depends on each partnering site).
- 10-15 artists/art groups will be selected and given site options for windows at different partnering businesses and institutions. Final artwork must engage with the specific site, its history, and the thematic recommendations of the partnering site.
- Selected artists will receive a $500 commission fee. Printing and installation will be handled by JACCC, LTBA, and SLT.
About: Little Tokyo is a 133-year old Japanese American community and the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. It is one of three remaining historic, recognized Japantowns left in the nation, and one of fourteen of the inaugural California Cultural Districts. Little Tokyo formed because of racial covenants and redlining, and was one of the few places in Los Angeles where Japanese Americans could live and own property and businesses. Yet the neighborhood grew to become the home to Southern California Japanese and Japanese American community, culture, businesses, food, and spiritual institutions.
Little Tokyo has historically been and continues to be the center for Japanese American culture, art, history, food, and spiritual institutions in Southern California, as well as a hub for the greater Asian Pacific Islander communities. We also acknowledge and celebrate our history as an multi-ethnic, multi-generational neighborhood, with strong ties to Latino/Chicano and African American communities. As the community faces cultural, economic, and environmental changes with the Metro Regional Connector, the Metro West Santa Ana Branch, and the new Civic Center expansion, Little Tokyo is continuing decades of community work to sustain its history and culture as a home for the Japanese American community.