Artist Opportunities


Little Tokyo Public Art Project
Request for Proposals (RFP)

Amount: $250,000
Deadline: August 2, 2021 at 11:59pm

The City of Los Angeles seeks to commission a public artwork along Alameda Street and 2nd Street in Little Tokyo. Submit your proposals for site-specific, large-scale, bold sculptural artworks that celebrate our historic Japantown, our values, culture and rich history. Artists may apply individually or as a team, but all applicants are required to identify a Little Tokyo community entity, organization, or stakeholder as a local subject matter expert to partner with on this project.

Arts Action Committee
3rd Wednesdays, 7–9 PM
JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro Street
Become a part of our inclusive community of artists who are fighting displacement and gentrification, and celebrating and supporting our local artists with projects like ART@341FSN and Windows of Little Tokyo.

New Opportunities and Ongoing Support for Artists #MetroArtTogether
Metro Art put together a list of opportunity and ongoing support for artists! Please see below:

In the interest of supporting our Los Angeles creative communities, we are continuing to offer updated and ongoing resources. This is a progressive list with information we hope is helpful to arts supporters and advocates as well as creative practitioners.

Earlier this summer, Californians for the Arts and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) released a report released detailing the results of its survey on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the creative sector in thirteen Western region states, inclusive of California.

You can learn more about arts advocacy on a national level from Americans for the Arts and on a local level from Arts For LA and Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Californians for the Arts also offers an ongoing list of anti-racism resources which can be accessed link: text: here).

Ways to learn about, support and/or access resources for artists, musicians and other cultural practitioners:

LAST CYCLE! City of Los Angeles DCA Arts Emergency Grant Open Through 7/31

NEW! California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners Open Through 8/18

NEW CYCLE! Los Angeles Regional COVID Fund Round 3 Opens 8/3

NEW CYCLE! Artist Relief Cycle V Open Through 8/26

NEW! WESTAF Resilience Fund for Non-Profit Arts Organizations

NEW! Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program

NEW! Californians for the Arts Los Angeles Regional Conversation

NEW! Creative Capital Online Artist Workshop Series for Navigating New Challenges

NEW! Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Artist Power Center

Metro Transit Oriented Community Small Business Recovery Loan Program

Americans for the Arts CARES Act Table

California Arts Council COVID-19 Resources

Otis Report on the Creative Economy

#Above 4 Fund

The Blues HART Fund

Artist Relief Tree

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Billboard State-By-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals

Craft Futures Fund

Center for Cultural Innovation Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

I Care if You Listen COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources

Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund for Children's Book Artists

MusicCares Coronavirus Relief Fund

Music Health Alliance

Musicians Foundation

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

New York Foundation for the Arts COVID-19 Emergency Grants

PEN America Writers Emergency Fund

South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund

SweetRelief COVID-19 Fund

Women’s Center for Creative Work Emergency Health Grant


Call for Artists & Designers: National CAPACD Releases RFP for an AAPI Creative Placemaking and Placekeeping Online Platform
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
Deadline: Monday, July 13, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

The National CAPACD is seeking an artist or designer for the development of an online platform dedicated to Creative Placemaking in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Through the creation of an online platform, they seek to document the stories that have emerged, and make available resources and tools to assist practitioners in other AAPI communities in their efforts to implement equitable, community-centered creative placemaking strategies. A maximum of $20,000 Commission will be awarded for the artist/designer(s) selected to realize his/her/their work. Those artists invited to the second round of video interviews will be asked to share a concept for the project, for which they will receive a stipend of $250. Artists and designers with experience in design of websites and other online platforms are highly encouraged to apply. Teams are also encouraged to apply.

Submit application to:

Download the application

Contact for any questions.

COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant For Artists
Women's Center for Creative Work
1st Application Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:59pm
Following weekly deadlines are each Friday at 11:59pm

In light of the rapidly escalating impacts of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of our Southern California creative community, Women’s Center for Creative Work has quickly re-worked their 2020 Emergency Health Grant for Artists to better respond to the urgent needs arising. They are opting for a short form application and rolling weekly deadline for $1,000 grants. Applicants who qualify can submit an application by the Friday deadline each week. Low-income artists who work in any genre or medium, who identify as a woman, as trans or nonbinary, and/or as a person of color, who live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties are eligible to apply.

Apply Here:


Accepting Applications: February 13–March 9, 2020
Application Deadline: March 9, 2020 by 11:59 PM PST

Up to $1,000 funding!
2 culminating concerts:
JACCC & Blue Whale Jazz Club

Questions? Email

The Nikkei Music Reclamation Project aims to (re)imagine Nikkei (Japanese American) musical identities and to examine pre- and post-WWII Japanese American political history and music. In resistance to the attempted erasure of Nikkei heritage during and after WWII, many Little Tokyo/Los Angeles-based sansei (third generation Japanese American) musicians and ensembles revitalized cultural connections to Nikkei immigrant history, particularly through music. The goal of the Nikkei Music Reclamation Project is to bring together multiple generations of musicians in extending this legacy and envisioning new directions for Nikkei musical culture in Little Tokyo.

Download the application

Or apply online:


Windows of Little Tokyo 2019!
Accepting Applications: May 1–June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: June 30, 2019 by 11:59 PM PST

Windows of Little Tokyo 2019 Call for Proposals PDF

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT) invite artists with strong connections to Little Tokyo to submit proposals for Windows of Little Tokyo—an outdoor exhibition of 10 new, site-specific artworks on windows across our historic, 135-year-old Japanese American neighborhood. We seek artistic visions for the future of First Street North—a block critical to the past, present, and future of Little Tokyo (see Overview for more information).

We envision that Windows of Little Tokyo artworks will advance Sustainable Little Tokyo’s goal of sustaining the historic and cultural roots of this resilient 135-year old neighborhood, and further the community campaign for First Street North. See artwork from Windows of Little Tokyo 2018 below!

Questions? Email

Emergency Health Grant for Artists 2019
Women's Center for Creative Work
Accepting Submissions: March 1–April 7, 2019
Free to apply

Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) is excited to announce its fourth Emergency Health Grant for artists! This year $65,000 in grant money for emergency health care is available to artists. To be eligible, artists must live in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino or Riverside Counties; identify as female, or trans, or non-binary, or low income, or as a person of color; and have a medical, mental health or dental emergency OR an illness-related financial need. Applications will be accepted between March 1st and April 7, 2019.To apply and learn more about the grant please visit:

Women’s Center for Creative Work

Women’s Creative for Creative Work (WCCW)は、4年目となる芸術家を対象とした緊急医療に


Emergency Health Grant Application Workshop
願書作成ワークショップ (English & 日本語)

Monday, April 1, 6–8 PM
JACCC, 244 S San Pedro St


Wednesday, March 13, 7–9 PM (English)
WCCW, 2425 Glover Pl

Saturday, March 16 11AM–1PM (English)
Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, 5419 Sunset Blvd

Monday, March 25, 7–9pm (English/Español)
Self Help Graphics & Art, 1300 E 1st St

Saturday, March 30, 10AM–12PM (English)
KRST Unity Center, 7825 S Western Ave

Saturday, April 6, 1-5pm (English, by appt.)
WCCW, 2425 Glover Pl

LTSC +LAB Artist Residency
Deadline: Jan. 22, 2019 , 10:59 PST

The 2019 +LAB Artist Residency is a creative place-keeping residency that will focus on addressing the most recent cycle of displacement that is affecting Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. We are seeking community-engaged artists who will help LTSC successfully advocate for the responsible development of two highly contested parcels of land owned by the City of Los Angeles: First Street North (FSN) and the Mangrove block (Mangrove). While Little Tokyo has been physically and culturally reshaped by several well-documented cycles of displacement, these blocks (which include 5+ acres of developable land) represent an opportunity for the neighborhood to counteract these cycles through the implementation of the community’s vision for this land.


"Imagine Little Tokyo" 委員会

LTHS seeks fictional short stories for its sixth annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English, Japanese and youth (18 and younger). Each category winner will be awarded $500 in cash with their story being published in The Rafu Shimpo and Discover Nikkei website.

The deadline is January 31, 2019.




From our community friends:
Go For Broke National Education Center H.R. 422 Call for Artists

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) will host H.R. 442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight for Civil Liberties, a temporary exhibition highlighting stories of Japanese American World War II veterans and their instrumental role in the fight for redress. To accompany the temporary exhibition, GFBNEC is searching for two or three local artists to create new pieces inspired by the Nisei veterans’ lasting influence on the redress movement.

Two-dimensional proposals of drawings/sketches, images, or renderings along with a brief statement (~250 words) may be submitted for consideration. Final pieces to be exhibited may be three-dimensional. Please note the physical exhibition space is limited. GFBNEC staff will work with the artists’ proposals on size restrictions on an individual basis. At the conclusion of the exhibition, all pieces will be auctioned off at the annual Evening of Aloha gala dinner. GFBNEC is offering a $500 stipend to each selected artist.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, August 4, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018.


Monday, June 4, 2018


Apply online here:


Additional resources for research and inspiration may be found at


Please contact Andie Kimura at


WCCW Emergency Health Grant for Artists 2018

SLT is partnering for Women's Center for Creative Work's 2018 Emergency Health Grant for Artists, which gives $2000-$3000 grants to artists with medical, mental health, or dental emergencies or illness-related financial needs. The application period is open now through March 15.

Application Workshop

Saturday, March 10 from 10–1pm
Far East Lounge, 353 E 1st St
A free workshop with one-on-one support to help you write your application. In English and Japanese.


Artists of all disciplines who:

  1. Live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, or Orange Counties.
  2. Identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, non-binary, person of color, or low-income.
  3. Have a medical, mental health, or dental emergency, OR have an illness-related financial need.
  4. Are not enrolled in a full-time academic program.
  5. Are at least 21 years old


March 15 (PAST)


For more information and to apply:


Women’s Creative for Creative Work (WCCW)は、3年目となる芸術家を対象とした緊急医療に対する補助金の募集をお知らせします。各芸術家は2000ドルから3000ドルまでの資金を応募できます。応募期間は2018年2月15日から3月15日の間です。WCCWと協賛の団体、医療関係者が、合同で応募者の応募理由、芸術家としての業績、緊急度、資金を有効に使えるかを審議して受給者を選びます。


締め切りは、2018年3月15日の11:59PM PSTです。


Far East Lounge, 353 E 1st St



  1. ロスアンゼルス、サンベルナディーノ、リバーサイド、オレンジのいずれかの郡に住んでいる人。
  2. 以下の人種/アイデンティティーの少なくとも一つに属している人:女性、性同一性障害者、Xジェンダー、低所得者、有色人種。
  3. 疾患、精神疾患、緊急を要する歯科治療、又は、病気治療のための資金援助が必要な人。
  4. フルタイムの学生ではない人。
  5. 21歳以上の人。


2018年3月15日の11:59PM PST


Apply for LTSC +LAB Arts Residency 2018 (CLOSED)

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.


January 15, 2018 (Closed)

Stipends/Other Support
- $4000 monthly stipend

Facilities and Services
- Housing: Private single bedroom in Hotel Daimaru in downtown Los Angeles, with shared bath