Kent County Arts Council helps fund, support, and produce the arts in our community. Funded by Maryland State Arts Council, the Commissioners of Kent County, Foundations and Private Citizens, KCAC supports community events, school cultural arts presentations, and individual artists.
In 2017, Rock Hall, having been designated a "Sustainable Community" by the State of Maryland, received a grant from the State Department of Housing and Community Development for Main Street consultant services and marketing monies. These developments set the stage for the formation of "Main Street Rock Hall" to help guide, develop, and implement Main Street revitalization initiatives. A small group of stakeholders was assembled to lead these efforts, with our first meeting taking place in Spring of 2018. One of the first initiatives undertaken by the group was "The Rock Hall Mural Project", about which details are provided below.
The goal of The Rock Hall Mural Project is to celebrate and depict the Eastern Shore way-of-life, with a particular focus on Rock Hall's maritime and agricultural heritage, and native plant and aquatic species. Each of the three murals described below will reflect one of the focal points identified above, as follows:
Mural #1 (on Main Street wall of Bayside Foods)
This mural will focus on the lives and traditions of Chesapeake Bay watermen, who continue to ply their trade and have played a significant role in shaping the Rock Hall community. The mural will be 40’ x 9’. The stipend for this mural will be $2,000.
Mural #2 (along the back wall of Java Rock)
This mural will pay tribute to the hard-working farmers who have been and continue to be an integral part of the Eastern Shore landscape. The measurements of this mural will be 41’ x 14’. The artist will need to plan around some irregularities and mechanical equipment which are part of the building. The stipend for this mural will be $3,000.
Mural #3 (at rear entrance to The Mainstay)
This mural will depict the rich and bountiful natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay, which comprise a variety of native species from plants to fish to crustaceans. . It will be the smallest of the murals at 8’ x 4’. The stipend for this mural will be $500.
NOTE: Each Mural space will be prepared with one coat of primer and one coat of "finish"paint, color of finish paint to be determined by artist.
Deadline to APPLY - Midnight, February 1, 2019
Winning Artists Notified/Announced - February 13, 2019
February 14 - March 31, 2019 - Artists communicate with Main Street Rock Hall, Teachers/Students on final design and execution plans
April 1 - April 30, 2019 - PREP work done on exisitng walls (Primer and "finish paint" selected by artist)
May 1 - June 7 - Murals Painted.
Only Artrist currently living in one of Maryland's Nine (9) Eastern Shore Counties are eliglble for this project. (Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dochester, Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset)
An overall guideline for the project is that the murals should be realistic and literal interpretations of the above-described subject matter.
The Main Street Rock Hall committee reserves the right to re-open the call for artists beyond the February 1 deadline.
Rock Hall Mural Project