An exhibition of temporary site-specific installations

Project Description

The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists to participate in Critters Gotta Crawl, an exhibition comprised of site specific installations on the grounds of the La Tierra de la Culebra Art Park.

This juried visual exhibition of site-specific, temporary installations located outside in the La Culebra Park grounds. The theme of this project will be “Critters”, with an emphasis on local wildlife found in the North East L.A. area. Artists are encouraged to address (but are not limited to) the following issues in their installations: ecological concerns (i.e. global warming, habitat destruction, water and air pollution) which impact the ongoing health and safety of wildlife; wildlife biology; migratory patterns; and co-existing in our Northeast LA neighborhoods. Interactive installations will be encouraged.

Proposal Submission Process

Southern California consists of one of the more varied collections of geologic, topographic, and natural ecosystem landscapes. The Arroyo Seco, a tributary of the Los Angeles River, hosts many species of animals which roam and reside in open spaces and urban areas alike. The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for temporary, site-specific installations addressing issues related to animals, and specifically the wildlife of our North East LA area.

Artists are encouraged to visit and explore the Park, which is open to the public, before submitting their proposal. The Park is located at: 240 South Avenue 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

A link to photo images of the Park can be viewed at:

Honoraria of $400 will be awarded to artists whose proposals are selected by jurors Kim Abeles and Daniel Busby.

There is no entry fee, but artists chosen to participate MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE. Join the Collective here, only $25/yr.


Submit the following:

  • Contact Information, including full name, phone number and email
  • Project Description, including materials, construction methods, and location – no more than 500 words
  • Current Bio, 50 -100 word maximum
  • Sketch or photo of proposed installation; location of proposed site

E-Mail to:, Subject Line: Critters Gotta Crawl

Installation Deadlines and Important Dates

April 25, 2018:  All proposals must be received by this date

May 7, 2018:  Notification to artists of acceptance

May 14 – June 8, 2018:  Installation of projects

June 9 – June 22, 2018:  Exhibition

June  9, 2011, 2:00pm – 5:00pm:  Opening reception

June 23 – June 30, 2018:  De-installation

Arroyo Arts Collective: Established in 1989 as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles, the mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate while fostering an awareness of the artistic vitality which exists in northeast Los Angeles.

La Tierra de la Culebra Action Committee:  La Tierra de la Culebra is an art park in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Its programming and stewardship is a project of La Culebra Action League. We host workshops, teach classes, play games, watch movies, and make art. Enjoy the arroyo landscape, come to an event, and get involved!


Kim Abeles:  Since 1985 Abeles has been creating artwork about the environment with an emphasis on air pollution. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country as well as internationally.

 Daniel Busby:  Founding member of the La Tierra de la Culebra Action Committee.

Critters Gotta Crawl is supported in part through the generous support of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.