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Rock Hill Designs invites proposals for public art and design features

Application deadline is July 7. The Rock Hill Designs Committee is seeking qualifications from artists and designers in creating distinctive, permanent design features within the Woolworth Walkway, which will serve as the connecting corridor between the recently constructed Old Town Market area and the mid-block of Main Street in the City of Rock Hill. The committee is seeking proposals from artists located in the Southeast region only (S.C., N.C., Ga., Tenn., Va.) due to the high level of community engagement that is expected. The anticipated budget for the artist engagement/design portion of this project is $18,000.  The proposed budget is intended to cover all associated costs for the visioning & design selection process including artist and apprentice fees, materials, travel and convening expenses.  Excluded from this budget is the final implementation and installation of accepted design. The integrated design features will be located in a new walkway being created on the site of the former Woolworth building on Main Street in Rock Hill, S.C., which is currently being demolished.  Main Street Rock Hill has a rich civil rights history: the Woolworth & McCrory’s lunch counters were the location of the “Friendship Nine” sit-in in 1961, which ultimately resulted in the “Jail No Bail” stance that was replicated in civil rights protests across the South. One of the goals of this project is to incorporate this history into a theme of civil rights/social justice within the spaces that will be created. The selected artist will be part of a design team including the City’s selected architect and civil engineer that will incorporate locally inspired themes into the spaces created by the project. Strong preference will be given to artists who demonstrate experience and success with engagement of local residents and students in the creation of locally imagined themes and spaces. Rock Hill Designs is a collaborative effort including the City of Rock Hill, Rock Hill School District 3, Winthrop University, Clinton College, York Technical College, the Arts Council of York County, the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation’s Quality of Life Committee and other interested parties whose goal is to facilitate incorporating locally inspired art into the design of new public investments in the Rock Hill Community. View complete information and apply. Via: Rock Hill Designs