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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 visiting San Diego on November 3-5 as part of 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. We are honored to have the chance to perform with Amal during her last days in the United States. 


The event will be held in Mission Beach at 6pm on Saturday, November 4th. Audiences will be greeted by games, art projects, 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 her continued search for peace and belonging. 



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!

vocalists  click here

We are committed to inclusivity and equal and authentic representation. All are encouraged to submit, including but not limited to members of communities that have been historically excluded or marginalized. These communities include: people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, among others. Please contact us via email at if you have any questions. 

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Created & Produced by

Blake McCarty, Desha Crownover, and Shellina Hefner

Original Music by

Morgan Hollingsworth


Design by

David Reynoso


with additional support from Lilia Porter, Kandace Crystal, and Lu Garcia

The project is made possible with support and participation from A Step Beyond, Latin Percussion Arts, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, San Diego Junior Theater, Students Rebuild, and the 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 available on adjacent streets. 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 is titled washed ashore, and is narrative-driven, with audiences interacting with Amal as part of a storytelling moment. Blindspot Collective believes that theatre 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 in the experience by enjoying a picnic and following Little Amal down to the beach. Although audience members may not interact directly with Amal, this piece will be mobile. 

What should I bring?

This event will be held in the evening, therefore we encourage audiences to wear a jacket. We also encourage you to bring blankets, chairs, and hand sanitizer. 

What should I wear?

Audience members should wear their preferred nighttime beach attire. Be advised that the audience will be moving from grass and onto the sand, so wear shoes that are comfortable for both. 

Are there other Little Amal events happening? 

Amal Walks Across America is visiting San Diego for three days with support form 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 6pm - 7pm, however audiences are encouraged to show up at 5:30pm or stay as late as 7:30pm to grab food, and enjoy the evening 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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