Open Call for LA Artists

As the first of its kind in Los Angeles, Destination Crenshaw will formally memorialize and celebrate the historical and cultural contributions of Black LA. We are now accepting submissions for artwork that reflects the cultural, political, and historical importance of our community.

We want you to tell the story of Black LA through your art on one of the most iconic streets in LA. There will be opportunities for murals, sculptures, bike racks, utility boxes, and more. From rising stars to artists with decades of experience, we hope to hear from artists of all ages and mediums. NOTE: Artists are not required to have had prior public art experience.

To learn more about submission criteria and to submit yourself for consideration, click on the link below. The deadline to submit an application is October 3rd at 11:59 p.m. PST.


When is Destination Crenshaw scheduled to open?
Destination Crenshaw is scheduled to debut its opening exhibition of Permanent and Temporary art installations during the fall of 2019.
How do I submit my qualifications to become eligible to develop an art proposal for a Destination Crenshaw art opportunity?
Artists are invited to submit their qualifications electronically via the FREE online submission platform Submittable.
How will artists be selected to submit an art proposal for an opportunity?
The first part of the process is for artists to submit an RFQ (application open now through September 13 - October 3). The curatorial committee will review all RFQ applications and select a group of artists who they will ask to submit an official proposal for the project.
When will I be notified that I have been selected to submit an art proposalfor the Destination Crenshaw opening exhibit?
Artists selected to submit an art proposal for the Destination Crenshaw opening exhibition will be notified and provided with instructions regarding next steps and information on how and when to submit their art proposal. Notifications will also be sent to all artists who were not selected to move forward with the next phase of the project.
What is the budget range for commissioned art works/installations?
The budgets for Destination Crenshaw art opportunities range. Budgets will be set at the Request For Proposal phase and vary based on whether the artwork is two or three dimensional, the materials/medium, the size of the artwork and its location in the exhibition.
Will there be other opportunities to submit a proposal for art?
Yes. Destination Crenshaw will function much like a traditional museum with ongoing permanent installations, changing/temporary installations, and public programming once it debuts. Our inaugural exhibition and programming will debut with the opening of Destination Crenshaw in fall 2019. A temporary, or changing, exhibit schedule will be coordinated for subsequent years and will feature a variety of artists.
What is the difference between Permanent and Temporary art installations?
Permanent and Temporary installations exist in two, three, and four dimensional opportunities. Permanent installations will be on display for more than 5 years, while temporary installations will be on display for two years or less.
Why should I use Submittable to submit my qualifications?
All Open Call artist submissions will be submitted and processed electronically via the Submittable platform. Open Call submissions will not be accepted in any other format. Submittable allows artists to submit their Destination Crenshaw Artist’s Packet online through a free Submittable account, thus simplifying the submission, review, and notification process. The Submittable platform allows artists to track the progress of their submission and receive notifications online and in real time. If you do not have access to internet at home to submit your application, please click here to view a list of public libraries in your area with internet access.
How do I create a FREE Submittable account?
Artists will need to create a FREE Submittable account to submit their qualifications to Destination Crenshaw for consideration. To obtain a FREE Submittable account: 1. Go to 2. Click the Submit button; scroll down to the“Create Your Account”form. 3. Fill out the create your account form completely. 4. Click Create Account and Continue button to complete your Submittable enrollment and to continue to the Destination Crenshaw submissions process.