Stark Community Foundation Call for Art

Stark Community Foundation in Partnership with ArtsinStark

Call for Art/Request for qualifications

RFQ deadline: July 27, 2023, 5 p.m. EST

Total Budget: $30,000

Eligibility:  Artists or Artist Teams residing in Stark County, Northeast Ohio, or Ohio

Location:  901 Market Ave N. Canton, OH 44702


Project Overview

In celebration of 60 years of impactful community engagement, Stark Community Foundation and ArtsinStark request qualifications from artists or artist teams to create a site-specific mural that symbolically illustrates the core values and mission of Stark Community Foundation for this milestone anniversary.  To further complement the mural’s symbolism the project will include a scheduled event that allows community members to participate in its creation with the guidance of the project’s installation team and support staff. The proposed location will be facing the largest green space in downtown Canton, of which this mural will be a feature.  The reimaging of the space continues themes related to the work of Stark Community Foundation, as it is slated to become a flexible use art and community space to serve the programming needs of organizations and individuals whose work is in alignment with ArtsinStark’s new Arts & strategy.  

For a deeper understanding of the organizations in partnership, please visit their websites.

Stark Community Foundation Stark Community Foundation (

ArtsinStark  Stark County’s Center for Arts & Culture | ArtsinStark


This project is open to established professional visual artists, collaboratives or artist and design teams that live or work in the following areas: first Stark County, second Northeast Ohio, third the state of Ohio.  Neither SCF or AIS discriminate based on race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, or gender identification.

Vision for the art

Our vision for this large-scale mural, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Stark Community Foundation, is to create a vibrant and engaging mural that captures our community’s welcoming, resilient, and collaborative spirit. By involving local residents in its creation during a public event, we aim to foster a strong sense of ownership and belonging, ensuring the mural becomes a lasting representation of our community’s ability to grow and evolve by working together, hand in hand. We envision a mural that symbolizes unity, sparks community pride, and builds upon Stark County’s positive momentum. This collective art project will celebrate the diverse people, places, experiences, and shared values that make our community special.

Inspiration Words:  welcoming, inclusion, community, vibrant, collaboration, celebratory, unity, connection

Figure 1: location of mural

Figure 2: dimensions of mural site

Submission Materials

Please submit the items below via the form that follows. 

  1. A letter of interest outlining your approach to public art and summarizing your interest in this project. Describe any experience with projects of a similar scope and include anything that helps to differentiate you as a candidate. Provide your name, address, phone number, email address and link to website.  Not to exceed one page, PDF or DOC format.

  2. A resume/CV (limit 2 pages) Artists working collaboratively may submit a resume/CV for each member, PDF or DOC format.

  3. Up to 8 images of past works, preferably created within 5 years.

  4. Brief descriptions (1-2 sentences) for each image. Include title, dimensions, materials, date, location, budget/cost, and commissioning entity (if applicable), PDF or DOC format.

  5. Stark County mural location(s) and dates, if applicable.

  6. 3 professional or academic references, name, title and contact information, PDF or DOC format.

RFQ Submissions Now Closed

Thank you for your interest but RFQ submissions are now closed. Artists who are selected as finalists will be notified on August 1st.

Selection Process

A committee of Stark Community Foundation and ArtsinStark staff, board members, art experts and stakeholders will review applications that are complete and met the submission deadline (no incomplete or late submissions will be considered).  After the initial review the committee will select 2 or 3 finalists.  Finalists will be contacted with information regarding the final steps, deadlines, and criteria for this portion of the process. 

Anticipated Timeline

  • RFQ released: July 10, 2023
  • Submission materials deadline: July 27, 2023, 5 p.m. EST
  • Finalist notification: August 1, 2023
  • Finalist presentations: August 15, 2023, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST
  • Notification of selected artist(s): August 17, 2023
  • Installation: September-October 2023
  • Ribbon Cutting/Unveiling: No later than October 20, 2023. Time TBA


For questions and/or more information, please contact:

Kimberly Phillips

News & Profile Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in sharing your arts and culture news or profile in ArtsinStark’s feed! Please make sure your news meets the following guidelines before submitting, or we may be unable to include it on our site:

  • News or profile must be related to an artist or organization in Stark County, Ohio.
  • News or profile must be arts, entertainment or culture related. 

Event Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in sharing your event in ArtsinStark’s event calendar! Please make sure your event meets the following guidelines before submitting, or we may be unable to include your event:

  • Priority will be given to events organized by or in support of local non-profit organizations. 
  • Event must take place in Stark County, Ohio.
  • Event must be arts, entertainment or culture related. 
  • Event must be open to the public. No private events.
  • Event can be free or ticketed but must include a link to a website or social media event where more information is available. 
  • Event must be submitted at least one week prior to the start date.