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Amal Walks Across America is a global event telling a powerful story in a unique way, and we are inviting YOU to join us! 

Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, spreading her story of
hope as she discovers the beating heart of America, its blended culture and diverse people

Little Amal, the internationally-celebrated 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, will be arriving in San Diego on November 3-5 as part of her final stop during her epic 6,000-mile journey across the United States this fall. Throughout the two-month trek, which will span more than 35 U.S. cities and towns for 100+ events, some of the country’s most influential cultural institutions and artists will come together to greet Amal and add their unique color to the rich tapestry of America’s story.

During her stop in San Diego, Blindspot Collective is honored to join other arts organizations such as La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Symphony, and Casa Familiar to create a series of "events of welcome" for Amal. Blindspot is honored to have the chance to perform with Amal on her last day in the United States. 


 The event will be held in Mission Beach at 11am on Sunday, November 5th. Audiences will be greeted by food trucks and an invitation to sit with us for a family style picnic, before being joined by Little Amal herself as we explore the hope that she has shared across the world and continues to share. 



We are seeking choirs, performers, partnership with schools and TYA orgs, and youth for our activation with Little Amal. Click below to learn more and sign up!

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All participation is volunteer based. We are committed to inclusivity and equal and authentic representation. All are encouraged to submit, including but not limited to communities who have been historically excluded or marginalized. These communities include: people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community along with others. Please reach out if you have any questions. 

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Created & Produced by

Blake McCarty, Desha Crownover, Shellina Hefner, Kandace Crystal,

and Lu Garcia

Original Music & Lyrics by

by Annalia Romero and Morgan Hollingsworth


Designed by

David Reynoso


with additional support from Lilia Porter

The project was made possible with support and partnership from

University of California, San Diego. 


The Venue

Blindspot's Activation will take place in South Mission Beach. 

Due to the large size of this event, please plan ahead for parking. Limited spots are available in the parking lot, and there is street parking surrounding. Please consider using a ride share or carpooling. 

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FREquently asked questions

Is this a play? 

Our performance with Amal Walks Across America, Washed Ashore, is narrative driven, therefore audiences will get to experience a story. Blindspot Collective believes that theatre and "a play" can take many forms. We are excited to give audiences something they may never have seen before. 

In what ways is the event interactive?

Audiences will be invited to join us on the experience by joining a picnic and following Little Amal down to the beach.  

What should I bring?

Although it's November, you never know what heat San Diego will bring to the beach. Be sure to bring sunscreen. We also encourage audiences to bring cash for the food trucks on site, blankets, chairs and hand sanitizer. 

What should I wear?

Audience members should wear their favorite beach attire. Be advised that the audience will be moving in grass and into the sand, so wear shoes that are comfortable for both. 

Are there other Little Amal events happening? 

Amal Walks Across America is collaborating for three days with many San Diego based arts organizations. Please visit this link to view the full list of events and organizations. 

Is this event appropriate for children? 

Children are both welcome and encouraged to attend! If your child or school group is planning on attending, please be aware there should be a parent or guardian present. If you have any questions for us, please reach out.  

How long is the event?

The show itself will run from 11am - 12pm, however audiences are encouraged to show up early or stay as late as 1pm to grab food, and enjoy the day at the beach. 


Contact Us

This collaboration with Amal Walks Across America is presented by Blindspot Collective, a theatre company in San Diego.

Blindspot Collective produces radically inclusive programming at the intersection of advocacy, education, and entertainment that cultivates and celebrates new work, emerging artists, diverse audiences, and fresh ideas.

If you have questions or wish to learn more, please email us at

For press inquiries, please email

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Gratefully collaborating with the following community partners: 

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