Call for Artists!

The Holidays are coming! We know it’s only August but we’re already getting ready for our 44th Annual Holiday Parade and Downtown Holiday Happenings; including Santa’s House, Business Window Decorating Contest and more!

The poster for these events is the most visible public element of the event, with several hundred being placed in establishments around the county! We are looking for artists to submit art for this year’s theme: “Holidays Around the World”.

To submit artwork, please include:

  • A 11″x17″ design sketch that includes the theme “Holidays Around the World”, color graphics, is all-age appropriate and non-denominational.
  • A written proposal that includes the concept of the design. Please include a website if samples of work may be viewed there.
  • Please refer to the two attached templates for general poster design guidelines. The entire 11″x17″ must have color/texture but only the ‘design area’ will be free from logos/text.

Interested parties should submit a written proposal and sketch(es) no later than September 30, 2019 at 4:00PM via email to

A stipend of $500 is available for this project. Once chosen, the artist will work with Downtown SLO through concept development. There will be at least one consultation prior to the completion of the work. The completed design must be delivered to Downtown SLO by September 30, 2019 at 4:00PM. Artist may retain the original work, however, Downtown SLO acquires all rights to use the art in any form. The art must be suitable for digitizing.

Please direct any questions to Events Manager, Niesha Johnston at or (805) 234-9673