For its third call for public art, the Cherokee CID Arts Committee is launching a call for artist proposals to paint the street's new concrete planters. 15 planters were installed on Cherokee Street this summer, with four at S. Jefferson, California & Compton, and three at Gravois. Through this public art grant program, four artists will be selected to add their designs to the planters.



Each precast concrete planter is 36" x 36". Proposed designs are encouraged to wrap the planters so that the art is visible from all angles. Four artists will be selected through this call; each one will paint all of the planters at a single intersection (4 at Jefferson, California & Compton; 3 at Gravois). Proposals can call for the same design on all 3-4 planters at the intersection or can propose different designs on each. All designs at the intersection should work together cohesively. Proposals can be designed for a specific intersection (Jefferson, California, Compton or Gravois) or be location neutral.

Theme: Culture on Every Corner.
Artists can choose to work from the this theme in their designs, but aren't limited to it. Proposals on this theme should reflect the diverse and creative culture of the street.

Budget: Selected artists will receive a grant of $400 per planter painted. If an artist chooses to use a stencil based design the CID will pay (at the artist’s discretion) for the cost to produce the stencils in addition to $400 stipend per planter. Stencils paid for by the CID will become property of the CID and will be used to retouch the artwork in the event that it is damaged by graffiti.

Planter Images: [Download Image]

Grant Program Process + Timeline

This call is open to artists from any location; however, preference will be given to neighborhood artists living in the 63118 zipcode and/or with ties to the Cherokee Street community. Preference will also be given to artists that have not received a mural grant through previous rounds.

Proposals are due by Monday, October 31st and will be evaluated by the Cherokee CID Arts Committee, made up of community members and business owners with an interest in the arts. Final project selections will be made in November 2022, with target installation in Spring 2023.

Questions? Please reach out to Emily at