Calling all local artists!

We are re-releasing a request for qualifications for community crosswalk designs in the Little Saigon neighborhood. These crosswalks aim to increase the safety, visibility, and neighborhood identity of Little Saigon and surrounding areas. Submissions are due by 5:00 PM on August 24, 2016. Please direct your questions to An Huynh at

The top 3 designers will receive a $300 stipend and the winner will receive $3,000 for their work.

Click on the image below for a larger version. Or see here: LS Crosswalks RFQ.

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Calling Graphic Designers: RFP for Crosswalk Designs

Funded by the Neighborhood Matching Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, FLS is excited to announce an opportunity to develop decorative crosswalks for Little Saigon. We’re looking for graphic designers who have a passion and aesthetic that promotes Vietnamese American culture. The top three designs will be provided a stipend of $300 and the selected designer will receive a $3,000 award, as well as an opportunity to work with FLS to install their crosswalk design in Little Saigon. To apply, please review the following RFP. Application deadline is before 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2016.


Get ready for CLS 2015!

Celebrate Little Saigon 2012 Huong Viet Performing Arts Group.

Celebrate Little Saigon 2012 Huong Viet Performing Arts Group.

Celebrate Little Saigon is back and we big plans for the 5th Anniversary! We have the Pho Eating Contest, live entertainment from Vietnamese American singers, children’s games and activities, and something new this year is the $2 Food Walk! The festival will be on Saturday, August 22, 2015  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Placemaking: We’re doing it too

Placemaking Chicago is one of many cities taking a people-centered approach to planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place. The vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small-scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to public spaces and the people who use them.

Placemaking in Seattle’s Little Saigon

Working with SCIDpda, Department of Planning and Development (DPD), and the UW Dept. of Landscape Architecture, community members are gathering together to define neighborhood assets and needs in relation to neighborhood identity, urban planning, parking, and economic development. Through this process, we hope to

  • Increase community capacity
  • Create a strong vision for the future of Little Saigon
  • Develop recommendations and strategies that may be implemented by the community over time
  • Apply for funding to implement projects emerging from planning process

Some of the current project ideas are around neighborhood identity and cultural awareness:

  1. Decorated crosswalks
  2. Banners and signs on light poles
  3. Public art: sculptures, murals
  4. Park, permanent and/or temporary


Interested in being a part of the process? Want to lead your own placemaking project? Contact us at to join the next meeting.

First Days Story Project

StoryCorps is coming to Seattle at the end of February to record the stories of Vietnamese Americans in our community – its part of their First Days Story Project, leading up to the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. 

Right now StoryCorps is recruiting interview participants, the format is simple: a 40-minute uninterrupted conversation with a family member or friend, with questions/prompts provided by a StoryCorps facilitator as needed. This is a great opportunity for intergenerational conversations, shared memories, questions you’ve always wanted to ask, stories you want to pass on – and so on!

Dates are February 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2015 (Thursday – Saturday). There are six interview slots each day. Please contact Tran Vu if you have questions or would like to sign up: / 617-300-5963.

Chinatown-International District 2015 Kick-Off!

Seattle’s Chinatown International District organizations have worked together to bring you the C-ID’s 2015 Kick-Off! Come to this open house to mingle, celebrate the Nagomi Tea House‘s Grand Re-Opening & the neighborhoods accomplishments as well as identifying needs and opportunities for the community. This event is open to everyone! Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, & appetizers as you chat, listen, & learn about what has been done in 2014 along with discussing what can and will be done for the year of 2015! We will have both Cantonese and Vietnamese translators there, hope to see you there!

Place-making with Little Saigon

Join the Little Saigon Neighborhood Planning Committee and the Department of Plannin and Development (DPD) on “place-making” in Seattle’s Little Saigon!

A neighborhood meeting where you can give your input on urban planning and design, most importantly a way to improve and reinvent our public spaces. There is a vast amount of potential that we want to capitalize on as resources come in to support future projects. A few of these discussions will be about neighborhood identity, urban planning, parking, and economic developments.

Next Meeting:
Monday, December 15th, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nisei Veteran’s Committee Hall

For more information please contact Quynh Pham at (206) 838-8715 or