JACCC – RFP – Utility Box Project

In RFP on December 5, 2014 at 2:19 am

Since late 2012, Little Tokyo has been developing a vision for neighborhood sustainability that respects and enhances the neighborhood’s history and culture. Sustainable Little Tokyo’s vision is based on community values for resource conservation and seeks to build a cultural eco-district. We define sustainability in three ways: environmentally, economically, and culturally/historically.

Founded in 1971, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The mission of the JACCC is to present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs. The JACCC is the preeminent presenter of Japanese and Japanese American, and Asian American performing and visual arts nationally.

Throughout Little Tokyo, utility boxes are placed at various intersections and serve as traffic control signal cabinets. Last year, Councilmember José Huizar worked with Los Angeles Department of Transportation to streamline the approval process for art installations on the cabinets (CD14 José Huizar). The JACCC will lead this project in partnership with CD14 on the 10 utility boxes in Little Tokyo.
As an artist and community stakeholder, we want your help to envision and create designs for the utility boxes that will advance the goal of sustainable neighborhood revitalization and cultural preservation. The Utility Box Public Art Project will support Sustainable Little Tokyo’s efforts to preserve the neighborhood’s unique cultural heritage. We envision these boxes will highlight the multi-ethnic, multi-generational and historical assets of this resilient 130-year old neighborhood. A common design will be created for two of the four sides of the boxes and we will commission 10 artists to design the other two sides of each box.

ELIGIBILITY: Open call to all artists and those with a historical or cultural connection with Little Tokyo are encouraged to apply.


DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 11:59pm

QUESTIONS: Teryn Hara at



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