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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

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City of Rock Hill Stormwater

by Angela Jordan

Location | East Black Street at Sweet Tea Café

About the Art | City of Rock Hill Stormwater is a playful education and outreach storm drain design, designed to inform the public of the City of Rock Hill Stormwater.


About the Artist | Angela Johnson has always been able to see beauty in everything. A native to Rock Hill, Johnson holds a B.A. in Art from Winthrop University. Angela works for the City of Rock Hill, where she focuses on education and outreach for the City of Rock Hill. Johnson’s creativity knows no bounds. During her time away from work, she can be found creating everything from fine art portraits to fun crafts.  

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by Diane Ramirez-Harrison

Location | Caldwell Street at The Gettys Center

About the Art | Diane Ramirez-Harrison’s design illustrates the connectivity between humans, environment, plants, and animals. She featured the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily, the endangered Carolina Heelsplitter, and Bog Turtles in her design – all are native to the Catawba River.


About the Artist | Diane Ramirez-Harrison is a teacher, and a visual artist. Originally from Arizona, she has lived and worked in Charlotte for the last fifteen years. Working on community projects allows Ramirez-Harrison to use her gifts to give back to her community.

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