Little Saigon Creative Exhibition 

Owning It: Part Two

Deadline: Sunday, May 30th 2021 at 5:00pm 

Project Summary:

In 2020, The Friends of Little Saigon opened a community space, called the Little Saigon Creative. This space is home to  FLS’s programs that support small businesses, increase community’s access to resources, showcases Vietnamese art and culture, and is a place for the community to gather. The launch of the rotating art exhibit, Owning It, brought these elements together.

For the next installation, we want to further expand on what ownership means to you. During this past year, xenophobia, hate, and racism have been at the forefront of our society. FLS wants to understand how you’ve demonstrated Owning It during these challenging times using your own perspective, identity, and power. The goal of this exhibit is to showcase local Vietnamese artists and use art as a way to tell stories and evoke feelings during this time in history.

Friends of Little Saigon seeks art from up to ten (10) emerging and professional artists who identify as a Vietnamese or Vietnamese American to share the diverse perspectives and experiences of the theme Owning It. This exhibit will be displayed for 6 months at Little Saigon Creative space. 

About the Organization

Friends of Little Saigon (FLS) is a nonprofit community development organization launched in January 2011 and composed of small business owners and community stakeholders. Our programs focus on community organizing and advocacy, economic development, and cultural preservation. Our goal for the art exhibit is to create opportunities to strengthen relationships and showcase the local Vietnameseartist community.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the art will be a community process and will go through a selection committee. The community selection committee will consist of a diverse panel of community members from various art and community backgrounds. Below are some of the selection criteria:

  • Artistic excellence: Mastery of skills and techniques, communication of unique vision or perspective, approaches to process and presentation. 
  • Collaborative experience: Experience working in a collaborative environment or demonstrated willingness to work in a collaborative/community environment.
  • Experience with the Vietnamese American and/or Asian Pacific American communities: Experiences working with the Vietnamese American community or with the Asian Pacific American Communities along with understanding the identity, challenges, and culture.
  • Familiarity with Vietnamese communities in Seattle: Is the artist familiar with the Vietnamese community in Seattle? Is the artist familiar with the Little Saigon area?  
  • Representation: Does the artist and artwork represent a notion or idea valued by sectors of the Vietnamese American community? Is the artist a representative of the community? Does the artist represent a voice for underrepresented communities? 

Benefits of Participating 

  • Exposure and exclusive showcase of art for 6 months. 
  • Invitation to opening celebration.
  • Network and meet other artists. 
  • Opportunity to sell art pieces if applicable. 
  • Selected artists will receive a stipend of $200 ($100 at the signing of the contract and $100 once artwork is submitted to Friends of Little Saigon). 

Submission Requirement 

This call is open to artists/individuals residing in King County, Washington State. Please Submit:

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
    • How do you define “owning it”?
    • Why is “owning it” important to you?
    • How does your art portray this message on ownership?
    • How do you and/or your art piece relate to the Vietnamese experience?
  • Resume/Portfolio
  • Copy of your proposed artwork, please provide sample images if applicable (do not send original artwork or photographs).
  • Sizing and format of pieces.
    • Artists have 4ft in width and 7ft in length to display their artwork and can submit more than 1 piece as long as it fits under the 4ft requirement.

Please send submissions to:

Friends of Little Saigon at info@flsseattle.org with title “Owning It Exhibit Submission”. For questions, please contact Angela at angela.ngo@flsseattle.org

Submission Deadline: 

Required materials must be received no later than Sunday, May 30th, 2021 by 5:00pm. We will not review incomplete or late submissions.

Timeline: 

  • April 13, 2021 – Call for Art opens
  • May 30th, 2021 – Submissions are due at 5:00pm
  • Early June 2021 – Applicants are notified and contracts are signed 
  • Early July 2021 – Artwork submitted to Friends of Little Saigon  
  • Mid July 2021 – Art Exhibit Opens

PDF of Call for Art