VisArts Request for Qualifications: Lincoln Park Community Center Mural Project

By East City Art Editorial Team on August 24, 2023

Deadline: Fri, September 22 2023

Lincoln Park Community Center in Rockville, Maryland, Courtesy of Explore Rockville

VisArts, with the support of the City of Rockville’s Department of Recreation and Parks and the Maryland State Arts Council, is seeking a professional public artist to create a site-specific mural design using themes and ideas from community stakeholders. The planning grant is for developing a design; the intention is to apply for an implementation grant from the State of Maryland in late 2023. The purpose of the mural is to beautify the exterior wall facing the playground of the Lincoln Park Community Center and to celebrate the community’s past, present, and future.

The Lincoln Park community dates to 1891, when a Union veteran started selling quarter-acre lots to aspiring Black homeowners. Today, Lincoln Park is one of the most diverse communities in Rockville, with residents from the Philippines, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and China. Lincoln Park has evolved, but its rich history has endured and is celebrated by an active community. This project seeks to celebrate that history while embracing the culture and history of its newer residents.

The community center is an active facility hosting classes, camps, recreation programs, and a large after school program.


This Request for Qualifications is open to artists living within Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Site Location
The location for the mural is the Lincoln Park Community Center’s exterior wall(s) facing the playground.

There are up to three sections that could be used for the mural, depending on the implementation budget.

Section 1: Tiered window wall, brick exterior

Section 2: Middle section to right of Section 1, brick exterior

Section 3: Tall, multi-segmented space at the far-right end when facing the building. Painted cinderblock.

The Lincoln Park Community Center is located at 357 Frederick Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

Three artists selected to submit their mural designs to the Artist Selection Committee will each receive $600.

The artist recommended by the Artist Selection Committee to present their design to the community stakeholders and city staff will receive an additional $500. The artist selected shall be required to collaborate with VisArts staff in the writing of the implementation grant with regards to artist fees, materials and timetable.

VisArts will lead robust outreach to the Lincoln Park community and will host public meetings to solicit styles, ideas, and themes for the project.
Homeowner associations, community center staff, facility users, houses of worship, and schools will be invited to participate.

VisArts will create an online survey to allow individuals to participate in the process.

VisArts will bring together an Artist Selection Committee to review applicants’ portfolios and select finalists. The committee will be comprised of stakeholders who represent the community as well as the City of Rockville.

Up to three finalists will be selected to develop more detailed proposals, including images and a narrative, following review of artists’ submissions and portfolios.

VisArts will share the results of the online survey and information gathered from prior community meetings with finalists.

VisArts will convene a public meeting to introduce the finalists and give the community the opportunity to provide additional feedback.

The Artist Nomination Committee will recommend one artist to be awarded the mural project, pending funding availability.

The selected artist will attend a community meeting to present the design chosen by the Artist Nomination Committee.

Project Timeline

  • Request for Qualifications deadline: September 22, 2023
  • Finalists notified by: September 29, 2023
  • Presentation of proposals to Artist Nomination Committee: October 31, 2023
  • Opportunities for community feedback on three proposals by: November 1, 2023
  • Selection of final design by Artist Nomination Committee: November 8, 2023
  • Presentation of final design and award for the mural project to community, city staff, and elected officials: Mid November 2023
  • Implementation grant submitted to State of Maryland: December 15, 2023
  • Notification of funding availability: Spring 2024
  • Planning, design, and community engagement: Summer 2024
  • Installation process: Fall 2024
  • Ribbon cutting: Fall 2024

Timing is subject to change, based on funding availability and approval process.


Application Procedure

All materials must be submitted online in accordance with the instructions provided below. Hand-delivered or mailed submissions won’t be accepted. Only online submissions will be considered for review.

Interested artists MUST submit the following materials to be considered:
Up to ten digital images, including title, media, location, budget, and year


Cover letter that includes how this project relates to your past work, your approach to this project, and the key themes and concepts driving your work. Include your experiences with community engagement as it relates to your work.

List of up to three recent public art commissions; include a reference/contact person, phone number, and email address for each project.

Submit evidence of workmen’s compensation and liability insurance.

Questions? Contact Karen Askin, Community Outreach Director, at

About VisArts
VisArts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts.

A hub for artistic exploration and social impact since 1987, VisArts brings people together through shared creative experiences, including:

  • Award-winning art classes, camps, and parties for children and adults
  • Critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, programs + events
  • Studio Artist and Emerging Curator programs
  • VisAbility Art Lab and Accessible Arts Classes for artists with disabilities
  • Community art workshops
  • Art + Wellness programs
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • The Rockville Arts Festival

These inspire new ideas, encourage self-expression, embrace diverse perspectives, and celebrate the visual arts as fundamental to a connected community.

VisArts is an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. We’re located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the neighborhood and surrounding cities. Rockville offers easy access to public transportation to Washington, DC via the Metro (Red Line), an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.