Open Call for Art Action to #SaveCHINATOWN in response to displacement + the closure of the Jing Fong dining room

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!

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

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!

Deadline for submissions is October 4th.

Submission guidelines can be found here: