California Arts Council

State of California

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Call for Art: Living Bridge Project
For International artists


Built in the 1970s, the Lowe Community Bridge connecting Portsmouth Square and the Chinese Culture Center is a critical space for the community. It provides open space for people to share in the community and a walkway to guide visitors and residents to CCC. To beautify the bridge for the community, a mosaic artwork, "Sunrise" debuted in 2016. "Living Bridge" Project furthers the creative placemaking efforts facilitated by CCC in Chinatown alleyways and other locations. We are calling for art for new bridge artwork along the bridge to further beautify and provide a welcoming space for the community. We hope to create bright scenery in the heart of Chinatown, attracting more visits as well as engaging the local community. The Call for Art is open to artists practicing in the visual arts, new artists, as well as those with more comprehensive public art experience. A budget of $10,000 will be used for the design, materials, production, installation of the public art, archive, as well as the artist's compensation.


Submit your ideas for Chinese Culture Center’s banners on Lowe Community Bridge in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown, to inspire, activate, and elevate this vital community public space.

Sign up and use the free platform to submit your portfolio with ten images, bio, and a short contextualizing text or artist statement in English.
* Under “edit uploaded photos,” input title, description and #LivingBridgeBanner in “tags.” Images without tags will not be reviewed.
* There will be eight 23.5" x 47" banners in total, a series of designs are encouraged.
* Click here to access all submission references for more details.

Online submissions will be reviewed by Living Bridget Panel. The winner will be announced through CCC’s online platforms on Friday, August 4, 2017. After the announcement, the winner will work with CCC’s chief designer to integrate CCC's branding elements into the final design and carry out the production and installation. Artist retains copyright and full ownership of the original artworks. The final design(s) of the actual banners need to be approved by CCC. Artist will be invited to present at the press conference for the project. The unveiling ceremony will be held on the bridge on September 16, 2017.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit the Chinese Culture Center and Lowe Community Bridge located at 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108.


Living Bridge Project is supported by the Community Challenge Grants Program (CCG), with additional support from Grants for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wells Fargo Foundation, and CCC Contemporaries.


Chinese Culture Center elevates underserved communities and gives voice to equality through process-driven contemporary art and education. Rooted in Chinatown, CCC believes in a comprehensive community building strategy with art and culture key to creating a healthy economy and cohesive neighborhood.


Deadline: 07-23-2017
Chinese Culture Center Of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Contact: Maria Wang

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