Caldwell Street Mural

Call for Artists


The Community Relations Council for the City of Rock Hill is seeking an artist for a mural on Caldwell Street in the space between Amelies and the Getty’s Center. This mural will say "ROCK HILL FOR ALL" which is the motto for the All America City win from 2019. 


This project will be community-driven, with the community assisting in the selection of the artist, helping develop the mural design, and helping paint the mural. As part of Rock Hill’s “Mural Mile” initiative, the Caldwell Mural is being done as part of the Community Relations Council’s Race Equality events celebrated every September.

Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, Comporium Communications, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Caldwell Street project would take place using one side of the road with approximate dimensions of 14 feet by 35 feet.


For the mural, the community will help guide much of the process. After asking the community various questions, members had a strong interest in the mural to accomplish the following:

  • To promote inclusiveness and equality

  • To get people together to create a sense of pride

  • To create an identity for the site and community

  • To make the space more colorful and attractive


Applicants are expected to have the technical capabilities to create the design, produce conceptual drawings, receive community input throughout the process for the project, understand the requirements for an outdoor asphalt mural (paint, materials, etc.), and seek assistance from the community to paint and install the mural.


The finalist selected for the street mural shall be expected to collaborate closely with the Community Relations Council, Housing & Neighborhood Services, Old Town Association, Planning, and any other necessary party for the successful installation of the project.


Three finalists will be selected by community members and a mural team. The community and mural team will select artists based on their application, professional qualifications, ability to work within design constraints, meet deadlines, previous projects, ability to work with outdoor materials, community engagement, etc.


The finalist will lead a community workshop, the design, fabrication, and installation of the artwork, including using appropriate paints for the surface and painting a non-slip sealant on top of the mural.


August 20 - Call-For-Artists released

August 29 - Call-For-Artists Deadline, 4pm EST

August 31 - Mural Team selects top three finalists

September 4 - Artist is chosen and notified

September 7-18 - Artists works with the community to develop design 

September 21 - Artist presents draft sketch to Mural Team

September 28 - Artists presents final sketch to City Council

October 4 - Artists presents final sketch to the community

October 16-18 - Installation of the mural by artist and the community


$500 - Artist Payment

$2,000 - Budget for materials