Seeks Mural Designs About The History Of Maple Valley / Calls & Submissions

June 20, 2021

Organization Name: Maple Valley Creative Arts Council

Organization Location: Maple Valley, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Deadline to Apply: 5:00 PM, Sunday, June 20, 2021
Community Event: August 28-29, 2021

Paint By Tunnels 2021 – The History of Maple Valley; A Mark In Time
Cedar to Green Rivers Trail and Witte Road, Maple Valley, WA
Nearest parking is at the Maple Valley Community Center

Mary Jane Glaser, President, Maple Valley Creative Arts Council
Dick Peacock, President, Maple Valley Historical Society
Mark Pursley, Executive Director, Maple Valley Community Center
Dorothy Stickney, Staff Liaison, Public Arts Commission, City of Maple Valley
Roxann Harr, President, Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation

Deadline to apply: 5:00 PM, Sunday, June 20, 2021
Notification of short-list: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Notification of acceptance: Friday, July 23, 2021
Installation period: August 2-22, 2021
Community event: August 28-29, 2021

Along the Cedar to Green Rivers Trail in Maple Valley under Witte Road near the Maple Valley Community Center, Maple Valley Historical Society, the Maple Valley Branch of the King County Library, and the Lake Wilderness Arboretum.

The tunnel is approximately 24’ wide x 13’ high x 146’ long.

The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is pleased to present our SECOND site-specific community mural project. We are seeking design proposals from artists, designers, and non-artists alike to design and help fabricate a mural for this year’s Paint By Tunnels project — The History of Maple Valley: A Mark In Time. This site-specific outdoor community artwork will help inform the public about the history of Maple Valley while engaging members of the community in creating this public art piece and all who utilize the trail.

Because of the trail’s unique location and the diversity of age, class, race, and ability among residents, visitors, priorities for the mural design are: inclusive, based on the history of Maple Valley, welcoming, peaceful, limited palette, and containing paint-by-numbers elements for members of the community to paint.

1) Mural designs must be origins and about the history of Maple Valley;
2) Designs must contain a majority (60-75%) of paint-by-numbers elements to be completed by members of the community during the August 28-29 community event; and
3) Paint-by-numbers areas to utilize no more than 5 exterior paint colors.

For a brief overview of the history of Maple Valley and expanded details about this opportunity project go to: For a deeper dive into the history of Maple Valley, visit

If you are interested in being considered for this project, please email a letter of interest, qualifications, and design(s) concepts/sketches and/or work samples to Brenda Chrystie at by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 20th.

Led by the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, Paint By Tunnels project seeks to create murals on all five tunnels along the Cedar to Green Rivers Trail in Maple Valley and further engage the community in the Arts. The Paint By Tunnels project team is a group of community volunteers and leaders who are committed to creating an inclusive, hands-on experience so that people of all ages and abilities can create a beautiful work of art together in the outdoors.

The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, founded in 1998 and designated a 501(c)3 in 2000, is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the Arts in our community and schools as a source of inspiration and education to enhance the quality of life for everyone. We are committed to authentic community outreach and engagement. We believe that the more diverse our interactions, the more inclusive our world can become. The mural design will allow the simultaneous use of a wide range of visitors to enjoy the trail and nearby amenities together. Go to the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council’s website for more information on the project, our progress so far, team members, and current design plans.

The selected artist/artist team will develop a creative mural that engages the community. Artistic elements and features should help define the history of Maple Valley, increase the sense of welcoming and belonging for our diverse community and enhance the user experience of the trail. Chosen proposals will need to go through both a project selection committee and King County Department of Parks and Natural Resources review process, therefore applicants must be ready and willing to collaborate and re-iterate as necessary throughout the life of the project. Artists must be willing and able to approach the project through a lens of inclusion. The design must fit the long term maintenance goals of the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council. It is intended that the artist will carry this project through to its completion and participate in the community event.

MVCAC and artist(s)/designer(s) to settle on a budget. A stipend of $1,500 is available for the selected artist(s)/designer(s).

Artists, designers, non-artists, and teams living in King County, Washington ages 14+. We welcome applications from all artists who feel connected to Maple Valley and the tunnel location. We highly encourage artists representative of our diverse community including Black, Indigenous, artists of color, LGBTQ+, disabled and emerging artists, and youth to apply. We are committed to involving artists who have been historically marginalized from the public art landscape.

Proposals Submitted by Friday, June 18, 2021 • Short-listed artist(s)/designer(s) to be notified Tuesday, July 6th • artist(s)/designer(s) Interviews scheduled TBD mid April • Final artist(s)/designer(s) to be notified July 23rd • Mural prep to start estimate – Early August • Community Event – August 28th & 29th

*The selected mural design plan must meet King County Parks and Recreation requirements and be approved through a Review Process.

The artist/teams will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: • Quality of concept, design, and craftsmanship • Creativity of approach • Historical relevance to Maple Valley, WA • A proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design professionals and community stakeholders

Email Brenda Chrystie at your intent to apply and materials, including: Letter of interest (no more than 1,000 words); Resume or Narrative Bio; Up to 10 concept images and/or work samples in JPG format (or link to Dropbox or Google drive). Deadline to apply: Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 5pm (PST).

Please contact Brenda Chrystie at with questions related to this request. The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is committed to amplifying the voices and creativity of our community and collaborators so don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss the project and any questions or stumbling blocks that you may have in the application process.

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