Artist Opportunities

Sustainable Little Tokyo current has two PAID artist opportunities:

  1. Call for Proposals: Little Tokyo Open (click here for application)
  2. Call for Proposals: Windows of Little Tokyo (click here for application)

DEADLINE: February 5, 2018 by 11:59pm


Updated January 18, 2018

Little Tokyo is a 133-year old Japanese American community, the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles, one of three remaining historic Japantowns left in the nation, and one of the first fourteen CA Cultural Districts. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and Little Tokyo Business Association (JACCC) in collaboration with Sustainable Little Tokyo invites artists deeply rooted in Little Tokyo 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:

Little Tokyo Open: The Art of Mini-Golf

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 weekends, April 21–22 & 28–29, 2018. 

  • 9 artists/art groups will be selected and given options for one of nine prefabricated mini-golf holes (approx. 8x12’ 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 for a total of up to $1000. The artist is responsible for the construction, fabrication, and installation of the artwork. 

Windows for Little Tokyo

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 21–October 21, 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.
  • Current partner sites include: Anime Jungle (Entertainment Hobby Shop), Cafe Dulce, Demitasse Cafe, Koban & Visitor's Center, JACCC, and Mitsuru Sushi & Grill.


As an artist and community stakeholder, we invite you envision and design a one-of-a-kind, themed mini-golf hole and/or a two-dimensional window artwork. 

Submissions should be site-specific to Little Tokyo and depict one or more of the following elements:

  • Little Tokyo’s past, present, and future
  • Little Tokyo’s Japanese/Japanese American community, culture, and art
  • Little Tokyo’s historically multi-ethnic, multi-generational neighborhood

While we encourage all forms of artistic expression, we recommend culturally-sensitive representations. We recommend avoiding stereotypical imagery when possible. Please note the historical context and resources provided below.

Submissions should include the following: 

  1. Completed Artist Application (download PDF here)
  2. Two-dimensional proposal: two-dimensional drafts, plans, sketches, drawings, images, or renderings in full color as a JPG or PDF file. For Little Tokyo Open submissions, please provide a list of materials and estimated dimensions. 
  3. Artist resume or CV

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee of key Little Tokyo stakeholders. We encourage artists with a historical or cultural connection with Little Tokyo to apply.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: February 5, 2018 by 11:59pm to

Questions? Email

Tentative Timeline: Artists will be selected by February 1. Final renderings/drafts must be submitted for review by March 12. All work must be finalized and ready for printing/installation by March 24.



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Little Tokyo Service Center seeks creative artists whose artistic practice reflects a desire to work collaboratively or within a community context; reflects an awareness of culture, socio-economic and political paradigms; has a demonstrated interest in subject matter addressing the history of Japanese American communities; and is willing to be engaged with the residency program through their art making disciplines including: social and civic practice; sculpture and installation; visual art; photography, video or media; design; creative writing; movement and dance; music or performance traditions.

CLOSED–Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

Stipends/Other Support

  • $4000 monthly stipend
  • Up to $500 RT in-state travel
  • Up to $8000 project budget 

Facilities and Services:

  • Housing: Private single bedroom in Hotel Daimaru in downtown Los Angeles, with shared bath
  • Studio/Workspace provided by host organizations.


  •  At least 21 years of age by application deadline
  • Not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Able to participate in the residency for the full three month period
  • Must live and work in California
  • Must agree to live for the three month residency session at the Hotel Daimaru
  • CV should demonstrate working professionally for at least five years