Little Tokyo Service Center Announces It’s New +LAB Artist Residency Program

I want to share with you an artist residency project I am working on designing and implementing and that is now available for California based artists. It is a unique opportunity and I am very excited to be part of this project! This new residency program will support four artist residencies from multiple disciplines by the Little Tokyo Service Center, one of six recipients in 2015 of an Art Place America Community Investment Grant. The information follows and how to apply:

Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), a community development corporation in Los Angeles, CA, is pleased to announce the +LAB Artist Residency Program, which seeks four California based artists for a three-month community based residency from May 1 through July 31, 2018.

The Call for Entry is open now until January 15, 2018.

Selected artists (including at least one artist with ties to the Little Tokyo community) will collaborate with local arts organizations to create artworks and projects promoting community engagement and creative place making strategies around the broad theme of “Community Control and Self Determination.” This might include: addressing issues of affordable housing and homelessness; building bridges across cultural, generational, and/or linguistic divides; devising artistic strategies to connect Little Tokyo with other communities of color; enhancing the safety and security of local residents; fostering community-wide conversations about the future development of the neighborhood; promoting a healthy and sustainable small business economy; or reclaiming city-owned land that has historically formed part of Little Tokyo.

Artists of multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply, including: social and civic practice; sculpture and installation; visual art; photography, video or media; design; folk and craft; creative writing; movement and dance; music or performance traditions.

Artists will stay at the Little Tokyo Daimaru Hotel, receive a generous monthly stipend, substantial project budget and be hosted by either the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, Sustainable Little Tokyo or Visual Communications.

For more information and to apply, go to: or directly to a Call for Entry on the CAFÉ website; (

The featured graphic by Audrey Chan, “Welcome to Historic Little Tokyo” is from a project funded by the Art Place America grant and produced by Sustainable Little Tokyo and Little Tokyo Service Center.

Posted on December 6, 2017 in Artist Residencies, Newsworthy

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