Neighborhood Visiting Artist

Neighborhood Visiting Artist Program

The Neighborhood Visiting Artist Program hosted by Residential Education (ResEd) and the Office of the Vice President for the Arts (VPA) serves to create opportunities for building community and identity around the neighborhoods and a sense of connection and shared vision for residents. Embedded in residential life, the artist will inspire placemaking as they engage students through conversations, workshops and events, resulting in a collaborative artwork for each neighborhood reflecting the spirit of the community and space.

Wanna Puzz? Stanford Neighborhood Puzzle Piece Treasure Hunt

Christine Wong Yap Process Illustration


This Winter and Spring, Neighborhood Visiting Artist Christine Wong Yap is inviting Stanford students to sharepaintdesign, and play the Stanford Neighborhoods’ Puzzle Piece Treasure Hunts.


Community Mapping Workshops

Where’s your favorite beanbag to nap on? Tree to sit under? Lounge to make friends? Quiet nook for studying? Picnic table for gabbing? Share stories about places in your neighborhood that matter to you.

Take a three-minute survey to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! 

Enter by February 9, 2024! 

A winner will be selected at random from online and IRL submissions and contacted on February 15, 2024 by email. You can enter the drawing up to three times, as long as each entry is authentic and descriptive, and features a different place per entry. Open to all Stanford students.

Share a story about a place in your Stanford neighborhood that matters to you. Neighborhood Visiting Artist Christine Wong Yap will incorporate selected places into a design for a jumbo jigsaw puzzle representing YOUR neighborhood, which will be featured in neighborhood Treasure Hunts. 


Design Sessions

Work with fellow students to DESIGN a treasure hunt for your neighborhood.
Write clues. Develop a theme. Decide where to hide the puzzle pieces.



Painting Sessions

Help PAINT the designs on jumbo wooden puzzles.


Neighborhood Treasure Hunts

PLAY the treasure hunt to find puzzle pieces hidden in your neighborhood.

About the Artist

Christine Wong Yap, Photo: Nicholas Bruno, Courtesy of California College of the Arts

Christine Wong Yap is a visual artist and social practitioner specializing in hyperlocal participatory research projects that gather and amplify grassroots perspectives on belonging, resilience, and mental well-being.

Hosted by Residential Education and the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.

About the Team

Neighborhood Visiting Artist Intern

Neighborhood Visiting Artist Intern Alejandra Campillo

Alejandra Campillo is a senior majoring in Economics and coterming in MS&E. She believes art is integral to fostering meaningful community and is very excited to support Christine during her time at Stanford!

Interested in getting involved?

Please feel free to email Ellen Oh at for more information.

Ellen Oh Headshot


Ellen Oh
Director of Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

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Cole Shiflett
Associate Dean of Neighborhood Engagement
Residential Education