In-Person Walking Tours


UPDATE: We have now reached capacity for our final tour on April 16, 2023. If you were unable to attend one of our tours, we invite you to check out the self-guided tour option. (We are always submitting grant proposals to fund our public tours - check back often!)

CLOSED: Free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for March & April 2023 in-person tours. 

The City of San Jose Abierto initiative has graciously offered funding to support four in-person tours:

  • Sat, March 25, 10-1pm
  • Sun, April 2, 10-1pm
  • Sat, April 8, 10-1pm 
  • Sun, April 16, 10-1pm

The full tour of 12 works of public art begins on SJSU's campus with the history of the Cesar Chavez Arch and the Victory Salute statue. Then, the tour moves off campus into downtown San Jose to visit public art that memorializes and commemorates the Japanese American Internment, Muwekma Ohlone, Vietnamese culture, Oaxacan-Mexican dreams, American activism, Chicano Mural Movement, and civic leadership. 

The full tour of 12 works of public art takes 3 hours with a tour guide - they discuss the neighborhood from the perspective of art, art history, urban geography, and cultural development. We supply you with a print copy of the tour map, two tour guides (with portable mics) who are well versed in the 12 works of public art, and a bike guide who will oversee all logistics for the tour. 

To preview the list of public art works on this tour that represent a story of resistance in San José, see here.

map of full tour of downtown san jose

  Full Tour: 3 hours
  3.2 miles 



If you don't have time for the Full Tour, the self-guided tour allows you to use either the Linktree or the GPSmyCity mobile app for an abbreviated tour. Below, you'll find an overview of the path as well as the artwork. We suggest, if you don't have time to amble about downtown for 3 hours, to try out the Northside or Southside shorter tours in a self-guided tour.

southside tour for downtown public art in san jose


  Southside Tour: 2-2.5 hours
  2.6 miles 



northside tour of public art in san jose


  Northside Tour: 2-2.5 hours 
  2.6 miles 




Don't forget to add your images about art as resistance at each location using #SJResistArt on Instagram!

instagram logo pink and purple square with resist art hashtag