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  Call for Artists Opens


  Submission Deadline

FRIDAY | APRIL 16, 2021

  Selected Artwork Announced

APRIL 22 - 24, 2021

  Artists Paint the Drains 

The Arts Council of York County's newest public art project is centered around local water heritage and water quality. The ACYC accepted design concepts from regional artists to enhance storm drains in Old Town Rock Hill, SC.


Selected artists turn their concepts into reality in the form of small-scale, semi-permanent, outdoor murals that adorn Old Town storm drains, raising awareness and educating the public about the effects of stormwater runoff on water quality.

Why Storm Drains?

Storm drains lead directly to our waterways. Each time it rains, trash and pollutants on our streets are washed into the storm drains and are carried into our rivers, streams, and lakes. Stormwater pollution can significantly degrade our fish and wildlife habitat, our drinking water, and recreational opportunities. By painting Rock Hill’s storm drains, we are reminding residents that our neighborhoods are all connected to our rivers, streams, and lakes.



Old Town Rock Hill, SC | 2 new drain locations will be added annually.



  • Black Street at Sweet Tea Cafe

  • Caldwell Street at The Gettys Center



Stormwater Pollution:

Keep the Catawba Clean

Don’t Clog the Catawba

Only Rain Down the Drain

Environmental Protection: The importance of clean water

York County/Catawba River Ecosystems: Local wildlife/habitats and natural beauty

The Arts Council of York County's Storm Drain Art Project was inspired by other initiatives such as RVAH2O, Up Stream Art, Blue Water Baltimore, and the cities of Thornton, Malibu, Sioux Falls, Pueblo, and Keizer.


Please contact the Arts Council of York County 

803-328-2787 | Melanie Cooper at



Center for the Arts

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*Open from 5 - 6 PM by appointment 
Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
2nd & 4th weekends each month:
Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday | 2 - 4 PM


Gettys Art Center

Monday – Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM



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Easter Monday

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By entering Arts Council events, you understand and agree that your photograph or image may be taken in any public place. You further grant permission and consent to the Arts Council of York County to use any such photograph, motion picture, or image for any reasonable purpose.

The Arts Council of York County is headquartered in Old Town Rock Hill. Downtown Rock Hill is a state-recognized Cultural District in South Carolina.


Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax,  the ACYC Annual Campaign, and Comporium Communications.  For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320. 


The Arts Council of York County received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and EconomicSecurity (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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