Call for Artists Released


In three community planning meetings, a group of more than thirty community members and artists helped developed a call for proposals for the Arches project. The City of Roanoke Arts Commission is excited about this community-driven process. We can’t wait to see what projects artist teams put forward to create a stronger place on the greenway under the magnificent arches of Memorial Bridge.

Goals include the creation of a gathering space that attracts and celebrates the diversity of our community though a participatory art project. The project might be one big installation or a combination of several components.


July 10 – Arches & Creative Placemaking Meeting


Creative teams and neighbors, come on out — July 10th at 5:30 PM to Mountain View Recreation Center for our final session on creative placemaking. This will be the last session and the announcement of the call for proposals. Here’s our agenda:

  • Catching up: What more have we learned about the site?
  • Placemaking defined
  • Examples of community-driven art projects
  • Recent local projects
  • Best practices for community-driven art and artist-community partnerships
  • Review of the RFP (Request for Proposals)

The RFP will be due on July 29th.

Outreach tools and meeting notes:



Outreach Tools

Thanks to the thirty folks who attended our kickoff for the ARCHES project on May 29.

We’ll see everyone again on:

  • June 12 at Mountain View Rec. Center. Gather beginning at 5PM for networking and information gathering. The group conversation will start at 5:30 PM. So come when you can!
  • July 10 at Mountain View Rec. Center. Gather beginning at 5 PM for networking and information. The group conversation will start at 5:30 PM. So come when you can!

In the meantime, here are tools for getting the word out. This is an inclusive and welcoming neighborhood project. Spread the word!


Some under-bridge examples from around the country…



Join us on May 29th at 5 PM for the kick off of a new community based approach to public art and stronger neighborhoods. Our pilot project will be at the intersection of four neighborhoods and the Roanoke River Greenway.

Mountain View Rec. Center
714 13th Street, SW

We’ll visit the site under the Memorial Bridge arches, tell stories, and brainstorm potential projects. Bring your neighbors from Norwich, Mountain View, Wasena, and Raleigh Court as we learn together about each other, and our community, and together work to make it even better.