The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project. This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, South Carolina. This year, there were 214 designs from 23 schools, resulting in 46 banners.
More than 1,000 students from all over the county create designs that are submitted to the Arts Council. Once the designs are approved, they are transformed into the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme is “Music." The banners will be on display from February 21st through March 16th.
shley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children's Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.
The Arts Council, York County’s school districts, city governments and corporate sponsors recognize the value of public art for student engagement. This project is a great example of bringing new ideas from the classroom to the community, stimulating communities and preparing youth for tomorrow’s challenges. A study conducted by Americans for the Arts states that “young people who participate regularly in the arts, three hours a day on three days each week through one full year, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”
Official Sponsors of The Banner Project are Springs Creative, and Derick and Elliott Close. The Contributing Sponsors are the Decorative Artists of the Carolinas, Grace Flenniken, and the Old Town Association.