Friedheim Park

Basketball Court Mural

Call for Artists

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The Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill and Old Town Association are seeking an experienced artist to submit proposals for a new basketball court mural at Friedheim Park in Rock Hill, SC. 


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, this particular mural will celebrate the relationship to sports, art, and the Sunset Park Neighborhood (location of mural). 

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.


Friedheim park is located at 300 Friedheim Road and is a  4.2-acre park that offers a basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, lighted ball field, .4 mile trail, and a sand volleyball court.


The basketball court is approximately 100ft long and 55ft wide. There are two hoops on either side and no court lines.


For this permanent court mural at Friedheim Park, 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 build a stronger and safer community

  • To get people together to create a sense of pride

  • To create an identity for the site and community

  • To show the history of an area

  • To make the space more colorful and attractive

  • To promote equality


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 Housing Development Corporation, Old Town Association, Parks and Recreation, 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 10 - Call-For-Artists released

August 27 - Call-For-Artists Deadline, 4pm EST

August 28 - 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 25 - Artists presents final sketch to City Council

October 4 - Artists presents final sketch to the community

October 15-18 - Installation of the mural by artist and the community


$1,000 - Artist Payment

$4,000 - Budget for materials