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Arts-based Community Development Investment for City of Rock Hill

Post Date:05/22/2019

City Staff Contact:      Sally Baker

Arts-based Community Development Investment for City of Rock Hill
City of Rock Hill one of 57 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Projects Selected Nationwide

City of Rock Hill-- National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced 57 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the Arts Endowment’s Our Town program.  The City of Rock Hill is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 to support the Bleachery Heritage Project. This is the City of Rock Hill’s second NEA Our Town award to support locally created and inspired public art projects in the Knowledge Park area.

Designed to celebrate Rock Hill's rich industrial history, the Bleachery Heritage Project is a collection of public art, interpretive elements, and community engagement that will enhance University Center, the large mixed-use redevelopment project at the site of the former Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Company.  Known locally as the Bleachery, it was once the largest cloth printing and finishing plant in the world.  The grant provides matching funds to support a public art installation inspired by the roller print machines that were at the heart of the Bleachery’s operations.

“These awards made to organizations across the United States are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as the City of Rock Hill are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

Mayor John Gettys expressed his gratitude on behalf of the City: “We are honored to have the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Bleachery was an integral part of our community for decades, and with this project, we will be able to use public art to honor the history of the many men and women who worked there and the role they played in our City’s growth.”

"Rock Hill Designs for Rock Hill Places: Bleachery Heritage Project" will be Rock Hill, South Carolina's third community development project to demonstrate that locally created, locally inspired art can add value and meaning to the City's public investments. The Arts Council of York County, Winthrop University’s Department of Fine Arts, and Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation are key partners in the project.

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at