In-Person Walking Tours

Tours - Spring 2024

Welcome to the third year of the free and in-person Public Art as Resistance in San Jose Walking Tour! Thanks to generous support from the City of San Jose, Office of Cultural Affairs & Economic Development, we are once again able to support offering free tours to any and all community members. 


Six in-person tours are available April-May 2024. Though they are free, registration is required. Please register for any available tours - see registration form:

  • Sat, April 27, 10am-1pm 
  • Sun, April 28, 10am-1pm 
  • Sat, May 4, 10am-1pm
  • Sun, May 5, 10am-1pm
  • Sat, May 11, 10am-1pm
  • Sun, May 12, 10am-1pm

The full tour of 12 works of public art begins on SJSU's campus with the history of the Cesar Chavez Arch of Dignity 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 tour of 12 works of public art takes 3 hours and is accompanied by 2 student tour guides, an SJSU faculty leader, and an SJSU logistics leader. The team will discuss the neighborhoods from the perspective of art, art history, urban geography, and cultural development. We supply you with a print copy of the tour map, tour guides with portable mics and speakers who are well versed in the 12 works of public art, and a logistics 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

 Tour: 3 hours + 3.2 miles (5k)



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