Artist All-Call

Bay Area and California Artists are encouraged to participate in the open artist-all-call announcements. Current projects are listed below, and submission criteria is made available within each announcement.

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Design and Construct a companion artwork to the Japanese American Commemorative Marker approved by the City of Hayward in 2019. 


  • Beautify the Hayward Heritage Plaza
  • Communicate meaningful content
  • Preserve an often-forgotten history
  • Demonstrate respect for Japanese American community past and present.



The artwork shall include, but not be limited to, the criteria shown below and be subject to review by the Project Team, Hayward City Council, Library Commission, and any experts those groups select to determine project completion.

  • Display a high level of artistic quality and craftsmanship that supports and enhances the General Plan of Hayward
  • Honor the Japanese American community
  • Must incorporate the names of people who left from the Plaza (approximately 600 names)
  • Be historically accurate
  • Be manageable for the proposed site at Hayward Heritage Plaza
  • Be weatherproof and positioned for long-term visibility
  • Be structurally sound, accessible to the public, and present no environmental or safety hazard



The Heritage Plaza Japanese American Art Project Team (“Project Team”) will review applications and select an artist based on the artist’s media and project experience. The budget for the project is $40,000, which covers the artist time and fabrication. Applicants will be screened using the qualification criteria shown below.


Completed Application

  • The application submitted represents the artist’s own original creative work.
  • The artwork submitted reflects basic professional quality of craftsmanship, mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to processes and presentation, and/or communication of a unique vision or perspective.
  • The artist’s resume reflects evidence of professional competence, including: education and training; exhibition record; previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in-residency programs; other related activities.

Selection Criteria

  • Excellence and professional competence in works of public art.
  • Meaningful connection to the Japanese American community and history. (Required and informational reading references are shown below).
  • Appropriate imagery, style or approach for public space:
    • A preferred approach includes the direct engagement of the Project Team in the design or making of the artwork.
    • Appropriate imagery could be figurative, representational, or abstract. 
    • Non-appropriate imagery would include sexually explicit content.

Project Team Recommendation


The Project Team’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Hayward City Council for final approval.




Applications are available on the Call for Artists page of the City of Hayward website. The deadline for submittal is 5:00 PM, October 31, 2020. Please allow adequate time as technical difficulties can occur. 


Click here for a list of the Selection Committee members and their bios. 
Email questions to: 
Robbin Kawabata –


  1. Resume. 

a. If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume.  Otherwise, please combine individual resumes into one document.

b. Tip: Please keep formatting simple as only basic formatting will be saved.

  1. Letter of Interest. Maximum one page.

a. Motivation. Describe what motivates you to apply for this project to honor the Japanese American community, past and present?

b. Artistic focus. Include a brief description of how your art reflects your inspirations and interests.

c. Professional career. Include how your experiences qualify you for this public art project.

d. Tips: If you have never done a permanent work, address how you might translate your work into permanent materials. Summarize past or current experiences that may relate to the skills or experience needed for this project. If you are collaborating with another artist address the reason for the collaboration.

  1. Examples of Previous Work. Maximum five works of art.

a. Include the title, medium, dimensions, year created, price (if applicable), two-sentence description (optional).

b. For team application, please indicate the lead artist.

c. All image file types accepted. Maximum 5MB. Minimum 72 dpi. Maximum 1280 x 1280 pixels.

d. Tip: Pick your strongest work. Submit only images of work for which you are the original creative artist. Do not compile multiple images within one slide. Do not include links to websites to further explain the project. 



Apply here



  • October 31, 2020: Application submissions due
  • November 1 – December 15: Application reviews and artist interviews
  • January 1, 2021: Artist selection
  • January 1 – April 1: Artist community conversations and design development
  • April - May 2021: Project Team design reviews and selection
  • May - June 2021: Design reviews by Library Commission and other community organizations
  • June 2021: Design submitted for approval to City of Hayward
  • June – August: Artwork development and installation
  • September: Artwork unveiling and celebration



Artists must read the required reference material identified below and are encouraged to review the information resources material as well.   


Required: Hayward Heritage Plaza Japanese American Commemorative Marker. 


Informational Reading:


Additional Documents: