Open Call for Art Action to #SaveCHINATOWN in response to displacement + the closure of the Jing Fong dining room
Thanks for your interest in our #SaveCHINATOWN Art Action Open Call!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! We are putting together an art exhibit about the closure of the iconic Jing Fong Restaurant dining room, which has left many workers jobless in the middle of a pandemic and the community without a major gathering center.

This is a struggle that so many families and youth are facing amid a broader landscape of displacement & predatory land use decisions by the current Mayor and City Council, from refusing to demand the landlord reopen the Jing Fong dining room to investing tax dollars in building a new jail in Chinatown to passing rezonings that would encourage big developers and bad landlords to build luxury high-rises and kick out low income families and small businesses.

We are seeking art submissions that explore or question the legitimacy and impact of the City government’s displacement agenda on the lives of people. This art exhibit aims to amplify people's hope and visions for a future in which students, residents, independently owned businesses, and workers of all types--who have built and sustained our diverse community over time--can continue to thrive in Chinatown and the Lower East Side!

We're primarily looking for flat, eye-catching, non-precious, poster-sized artworks (drawings, prints, graphic art, poetry broadsides) that will be installed on a wooden outdoor gallery space. We're also very interested in and encourage poetry and/or performance submissions that can be read/performed in the show's opening rally.

Artists of all ages can apply!
All selected artworks will win a cash prize and have their work displayed at an outdoor location in Manhattan's Chinatown on Saturday October 23rd and 24th!

If you need art supplies or have questions, please contact us at!

We appreciate if work sample attachments follow these guidelines:

FLAT ARTWORKS: submit photograph(s) and/or scan(s) of the artwork. artwork must be no larger than 16 x 20 inches
POETRY: submit between 1-5 pages of poetry.
PERFORMANCE: submit a proposal (maximum 250 words) with Vimeo and/or YouTube links to completed work.

1) If submitting images, make sure attached files are no larger than 10MB.

2) If submitting video or audio clips, we strongly prefer Vimeo and/or YouTube links - please see the next entry below attachments and include passwords, if available. For anyone who cannot submit Vimeo and/or YouTube links, make sure attached files are under 100MB and no longer than 2 minutes.

Deadline for submissions is oct 4th, artists will be notified by oct 11th, 2021.
Physical artwork must be physically turned in to us by October 15th.

*Please note, after the show these artworks will be used for future anti-displacement protests and will not be returned*
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*Please read our work sample guidelines and include a link to an image of your flat artwork, or your poetry document. If you would rather send your submission as an email attachment, please send it in an email now to and include your full name as you have listed in this submission form. If we do not receive your artwork, we  unfortunately cannot consider you for this contest. Please contact us if you have any trouble.
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