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The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is pleased to present our SECOND community mural project! We are seeking design proposals from artists, designers, non-artists alike. All - especially teens - are encouraged to submit!

Partnering with the City of Maple Valley, King County Parks & Recreation Department, the Maple Valley Historical Society, The Maple Valley Community Center, and the Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation, the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council (MVCAC) will make local and regional history stories interactive and publicly available through history gathering, recorded oral histories, digital virtual tours, and a public mural culminating in a 2021 community participatory event.

The 2021 event will consist of a new mural to be inspired by Maple Valley’s History. We know that history takes on incredible significance when framed within hands-on interactive experiences. A mandatory Paint By Tunnel design component will be paint-by-numbers areas to facilitate public participation during the one-day community event. Our current plan is to host the community event August 28-29, 2021.


This Year's Sponsors:

Maple Valley

Edward Jones





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 about the history of Maple Valley and original; 

2) Designs must contain a majority (75%) of paint-by-numbers elements to be completed by members of the community, ages 5+ during the August 28-29 community event; and 

3) Mural designs utilize no more than 5 exterior paint colors.

For a brief overview of the History of Maple Valley CLICK HERE. 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 and/or work samples (up to 10 JPEG files) to Brenda Chrystie at by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 20th. 



The selected artist/artist team will develop a creative entryway element that engages the passerby and welcomes them to the space. Artistic elements and features should help define the space as a public park, increase the sense of welcoming and belonging for our diverse community and enhance the user experience around the park space. Chosen proposals will need to go through both a project design team and Parks Dept. review process, therefore applicants must be ready and willing to collaborate and re-iterate as necessary throughout the life of the project. Selected artist(s)/designer(s) should know and understand the strengths and challenges of people who live in and visit the community. Artists must be willing and able to approach the project through a lens of inclusion and should culminate in a design that includes the hopes and needs of the members of our community who this trail serves. 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. 



The selection will take place in two parts. During the first round of the selection process, a panel consisting of Eli’s Park Project professionals, representatives from our landscape architect team, and select community members will review the applicants’ images, qualifications, and other materials. The panelists will identify up to four finalists. During the second round of the selection process, finalists will be asked to develop a proposal for their vision of the entryway feature. This will include sketches and/or models, estimated budget, and a description of materials and maintenance requirements. Each finalist will be able to present their proposal virtually and answer questions from panelists. 



MVCAC and artist(s)/designer(s) to settle on a budget. A small stipend of $500 is currently available for the selected artist(s)/designer(s) and may increase dependent on overall fundraising for this project.



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.


*All proposed mural design plans 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 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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