The deadline for National City has been extended to Wednesday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m.

What does it mean for our communities to be in harmony with the health of our planet?

How can we work together to promote environmental consciousness? 

Developed by the Fleet Science Center, the Art for Planetary Health project is looking for five (5) creatives from four San Diego Neighborhoods interested in exploring these questions with their communities. With the guiding theme of “Interconnectedness of Human Health and Planetary Ecosystems,” you can use the visual, literary or performing arts to conceptualize your idea. Once selected, your concept will be further realized through co-development and engagement with your community. Your work will reflect how your unique experience shapes your connection to the importance of planetary health! 

The five (5) final projects will culminate in an October celebration and showcase hosted at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. This event is meant to lift up and spotlight your communities‘ unique experience of working towards community health and how that intersects with global environmental challenges. We will all come together to celebrate, share and promote our collective co-developed experience. 

Our Community Advisory Committee will select one (1) creative from each of the following regional neighborhoods: 

  • Barrio Logan
  • San Ysidro
  • National City
  • Greater Neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego* 

*Due to the size of this region, we will select two (2) creatives that represent two different neighborhood clusters.  


  • National City: Has been extended to April 24, 2024, 11:59 p.m. 
  • Greater Neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego: April 24, 2024, 11:59 p.m. 




Proposals may be dropped off at our main entry anytime from 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. seven days a week or mailed to the following address: 

Att: Art for Planetary Health Project
Fleet Science Center
P.O. Box 12010
San Diego, CA 92112

Dropped-off or mailed proposals have to be delivered to the Fleet Science Center by the proposal deadline. Proposals physically dropped off will be scanned for the selection committee. 


  • Individuals legally residing or working in zip codes that are a part of San Ysidro, National City, Barrio Logan or Southeastern San Diego
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Individuals may be cross-disciplinary, and both visual and performing artists are welcome. 

For more details and resources, see the full proposal guidelines below.



Art for Planetary Health—The Interconnectedness of Human Health and Planetary Ecosystems. 


Awarded Creatives will participate in three (3) project phases:

  1. CONCEPTUALIZE a visual, literary, or performing arts experience related to planetary health. Being directly inspired and informed by the local community is a foundation for this initiative and should be shared in your concept. 
  2. REALIZE: To support your concept, we have secured you a unique day of activation through a local STEAM Fair. This will be one opportunity for you to engage the community in your concept and co-develop your art experience. This is just one opportunity, and each creative should be engaging with the community beyond your local, pre-scheduled STEAM Fair.
  3. MEMORIALIZE your final art experience through an exhibition at the Fleet Science Center and reflect on the experience.

The dates for co-development and engagement vary depending on your community

  • Barrio Logan Art and Science Expo: April 13, 2024,
  • San Ysidro STEM Fair: April 19, 2024  
  • National City Youth Arts Festival: May 18, 2024    
  • Southeastern Art and Science Expo: August 10, 2024
  • Community Health and STEM Fest:  September 14, 2024
  • All final experiences will be showcased at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park during the weekend of October 12, 2024

The cost of materials and other expenses related to creating the work of art/performance incurred by each individual will be covered up to $5,000. A record of expenses and/or receipts will be required.


This project is made possible through a grant from the Conrad Prebys Foundation. A stipend of $20,000 will be paid to each individual selected. Each selected participant can negotiate the payment schedule of compensation. 


For creatives from Barrio Logan, San Ysidro and National City

  • Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Selection Committee meets: Wednesday, March 27
  • Individuals notified of selection: Friday, March 29
  • Individual contracts will be completed: Wednesday, April 3
  • STEAM Fair April 13, 19; May 18
  • Fleet Science Center Showcase: October 12

For creatives from the Greater Neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego

  • Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Selection Committee meets: Tuesday, April 30
  • Individuals notified of selection: Friday, May 3
  • Individual contracts to be completed: Wednesday, May 8
  • Southeastern Art and Science Expo: August 10
  • Community Health and STEM Fest:  September 14
  • Fleet Science Center Showcase: October 12

From the proposals submitted by the March 20 and April 24 deadline, an advisory committee composed of representatives from each community and supported by the Fleet Science Center will review and award a commission to one individual from Barrio Logan, San Ysidro, and National City and two individuals from Southeastern San Diego for the design and development of a work of art or performance done in collaboration with the community. Individuals will be notified of the final selection by March 29 and May 3. 


Each individual may submit only one (1) concept in writing, audio description or 15-minute video for consideration.  You must provide the following details in your proposal:

Tell us who you are

  • Full name
  • Pronouns
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  •  E-mail address 
Tell us about your connection to your community
  • San Ysidro, National City, Barrio Logan or a Neighborhood of Southeastern San Diego 
What is your idea/project/concept?
  • Describe your idea for creating work based on the Art for Planetary theme,
  • Send us any image(s) of the proposed concept—you may submit up to five (5) images to communicate your proposed concept/design.
 How will you engage with your community to co-develop your experience? 
  • What kind of community activation can you create at your community STEM/STEAM Fair? 
  • What other ways, spaces and/or formats can you engage with your community? 
What other projects have you created?
  • Tell us about any previous work or projects that you’ve done that relate to this project
  • You may include up to five (5) images of previous work
  • Resume (if available and relevant)


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