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call for artists Downtown morehead city project

PROJECT: 6TH Street Sidewalk Murals – Downtown Morehead City


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 8th by 5:00pm

PROJECT DEADLINE: Friday, May 31st, 2024


The Arts Council of Carteret County, in partnership with Downtown Morehead City, Inc. (DMC, Inc.), is seeking local artists to participate in a unique public mural opportunity. In 2019, the Town of Morehead City removed eight unhealthy trees from the sidewalk on S. 6th Street between Evans and Arendell Streets, and cemented the former tree wells to create circular sidewalk “palettes” to be covered with art. The Arts Council of Carteret County and DMC, Inc. are collaborating with the Town of Morehead City again to refresh the existing artwork that has faded from sun exposure and foot traffic since the original installation of the murals in 2019 and is seeking four new artists to submit designs for consideration.

The goal of this project is to create additional visual interest in Downtown Morehead City, enhance the downtown area’s identity as a destination for arts and culture, take advantage of the local talent available in our community, and initiate a process for updating the 6th Street Sidewalk Murals on a regular, rotational basis in order to incorporate new art and provide opportunities for interested artists to showcase their work.

Our intent is to provide artists with all necessary materials, to document the installation process, and to credit all participating artists in social, electronic, and print media.


If you are interested in participating, and have the skills to design and install your artwork on a busy public sidewalk:

·      Please complete the Google Submission Form available on the Arts Council and DMC, Inc. websites, or contact us via email ( by the deadline of 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8th, 2024. Please include “6th Street Sidewalk Mural” in your email Subject Line.

  •  Include:

    • Your name, email address, phone number, and website or social media handles (if applicable)

    • A short 50–100-word biography, describing your background, experience, and any other information unique to you as an artist that you would like shared.

    • Photo(s) in .jpg or .png formats of the proposed artwork, or a sketch of the same

  • Although there is no specific theme for this project, there are some obvious subject matters that would be appropriate for a seaside community, such as: marine life, coastal landscapes, boats, fishing, lighthouses, etc.

  • You may submit designs for one or multiple circles.

  • Artwork may not include any text. However, the artist’s signature OR Instagram account handle will be allowed*

  • Expectation is that artwork will last at least 1 year while experiencing typical foot traffic and sun exposure.

  • Materials will be exterior water-based paint and spray paint.

  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee, with a goal of notifying selected artist(s) by May 15th, and a goal of having the installation completed by May 31st.

  • All decisions of the selection committee are final.

  • If selected, you will be asked to attend a final design plan meeting.

  • If selected, you provide the right to publish your image(s) for publicity purposes to the Arts Council of Carteret County, DMC Inc., and the Town of Morehead City.

Additional details may become available during the application period and will be distributed to all applicants accordingly. For questions, please contact


*Guidelines for sizing on text will be provided to selected artists in accordance with Town of Morehead City Code & Zoning.


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