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Little Saigon Art Walk


Application Deadline: July 15, 2018


San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is organizing public art projects that will be installed in the Little Saigon neighborhood of San Diego and culminate in an Art Walk in March 2019.

With the goal of providing cultural equity to underserved communities in San Diego, SDAI’s programs are specifically designed to engage non museum-going audiences with quality contemporary art experiences.

The Little Saigon Art Walk provides a non-traditional outlet for artists to create site-specific installations in storefront settings, crosswalks, building walls and other public spaces along El Cajon Blvd. The Little Saigon neighborhood is defined on El Cajon Blvd. between Highland Ave. and Euclid Ave. with Menlo acting as the center-point.


SDAI is currently looking for proposals from twelve artists to create semi-permanent projects that consider the cultural significance of the Vietnamese diaspora and the history of this area of City Heights. The finished artworks will promote the benefits of walkable communities and develop a symbiotic relationship between art, community and commerce.

More specifically, the selected artists will be commissioned to create new, site-specific work that will be installed throughout the Little Saigon district in public, accessible, and visible locations. Administered by SDAI’s curators and selection committee, proposals contracted between $4,000 - $10,000 will be awarded with a goal of up to twelve semi-permanent projects selected and installed by March 2019. Funded activities could include- but are not limited to- murals, building interventions, window displays, outdoor sculpture, lighting projects, digital art, video art, or auditory artworks.

Artists selected are expected to design, fabricate, transport and install the artwork. All projects require a regional focus and therefore, only artists from the Southern California and Baja Mexico region will be considered. After the selection but prior to the creation of the project, the artist will work with the curators and the business owners to inform their work.


Funded by the California Arts Council as part of their Creative California Communities initiative, the Little Saigon Art Walk will culminate in March 2019 with guided walking tours and events including performances, lectures and demos. Included in the Little Saigon Art Walk will be an online map developed with an interactive website of self-guided activities. Artists of Vietnamese descent will make up at least 50% of the artists involved with a strong focus on regional artists. Residents of City Heights / San Diego and artists with proposed work that directly engages the Little Saigon community in San Diego are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Information Here

Earlier Event: October 6
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