ArtWorks : Public Art Project with Elementary Students

(Left to right) Principal Cantu, Art Teacher Amber Richter, Mural Artist Beth Warmath, Barbara St. Clair – CEO, Commissioner Janet Long, Alexis Ferguson, Sean Tipton
Artist Beth Warmath, center with students and families from Sutherland Mural, who helped paint the mural!

Come check out this “School of Fish” for yourself! On Belcher Road, just north of Alderman Road in Palm Harbor!



( just a few pictures, more to come!)

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We are excited to announce the Beth Warmath is the selected artist for the ArtWorks Mural Project at Sutherland Elementary School.

Beth Warmath named ArtWorks Mural Project Artist

Beth Warmath is a full-time mural artist, influenced by color and nature, and has over 100 murals in Pinellas County. Warmath is a verified contractor for Pinellas County Schools and work with the art teachers and students to create murals for the schools.

Learn more about Beth at out “Meet The Artist”- dates / times TBD



We are looking for artists interested in a collaboration with Elementary School age students and their art teacher in creating a new mural!

It’s one of those once in a lifetime opportunities to bring together young minds, dedicated teachers and a professional artist for a mural project designed to engage kids in their power to create, help them build community connections, and explore how they can influence the world through the process of making something.


Creative Pinellas, in partnership with Pinellas County Public Works, has been invited by the Pinellas County school system to create  a public artwork based on the desire of the students, teachers and families to engage in a mural project.  We are seeking artists who would be interested in working with Pinellas County elementary school children throughout the mural process: from inspiration through installation.  The project is slated for completion by May 16, 2022.

Process will include:

$6000 for artist/ up to $1000 for materials

  • Artists will meet with students and art teacher on April 4th, April 8th, April 11, 12 or 13th to talk about the process of creating a mural, how design ideas come about and gather inspiration from the minds of the kids

  • Artist will involve the students (and parents/teachers) in painting on two Saturdays during the paint schedule that the artist will be creating the mural

Art Goals:

This is a mural project created to incorporate the children of the community in the inspiration stage of the process for the artist through the installation stage of the project.  The goal is to help children participate in the process of art and be able to see that work in their community.  Themes and ideas will be discovered through the discussion with the children, the teachers and through information collected at two community meetings and public surveys.

Artist Information Session:

Artists will have an opportunity to meet with Creative Pinellas and participating Partners to learn about the project and to ask any questions they may have during the application period via an online meeting platform.

Location Information:

The Mural Location is on Belcher Road, just South of Sutherland Elementary

There will be a POD on location to store materials, a rolling scaffold will be provided for Artist only to use as needed.

Application Information:

Each application submitted between Monday, March 7 – Wed, March 23 at 11:59 pm will be reviewed by a panel to include a Creative Pinellas Representative, PCS representatives, a mural artist, and a community member.  Artists will be notified no later than Tuesday, March 29, 2022.  If you are not selected, you will also be notified at that time.

Upon notification of award, the artist will receive community engagement information, detailed measurements and photos of your specific location and will meet with Students and Teachers on one of the following dates: April 4th, 8th, 11th, 12th, or 13th .   After this meeting, the artist will complete three (3) Mural Design Mock Up proposals that will be presented to the students and teachers for feedback. The three Mural Design Mock Up proposals should be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Final Approvals provided by Creative Pinellas will be completed no later than Friday, April 22, 2022. Earliest possible start date for onsite work would be Monday, Apr 25, 2022 with two Saturday dates that would include elementary school students participating in the process, dates currently planned for Saturday April 30, 2022 and May 7, 2022

*all dates are tentative and subject to change

Call To Artists Important Dates:

  • Call for Entries Open: Monday, March 7, 2022
  • Artist Info Sessions: Friday March 11, 2022 + Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Call for Entries Closes: Wednesday,  Mar 23, 2022 at 11:59pm
  • Artists finalists will be notified by: Tuesday, Mar 29, 2022


  • Artist meeting with Students/ Teacher: April 4th, April 8th or early in the week of April 11th
  • Three Mural Design Mock UP plans must be submitted by: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
  • Earliest Possible start date: Monday, April 25, 2022
  • Saturdays with School Kid Volunteers: Saturday, April 30, 2022 + May 7, 2022
  • Mural Complete:  Monday, May 16, 2022
  • Ribbon cutting: Thursday, May 19 for schools end-of-year event.

** Artist working on this project will need to have insurance from first meeting with students in April through end of the project on May 19


The artist or artist collaboration stipend:

  • $6000/ up to $1000 materials and supplies


  • Artists will meet with students and art teacher on April 4, 8, 11,12, or 13 to talk about the process of creating a mural, how design ideas are developed and gather inspiration from the minds of the kids.
  • Artist will involve the students (and parents/teachers) in painting on two Saturdays during the paint schedule that the artist will be creating the mural.

Materials and Equipment Notes

  • Surfaces will be pressure washed and primed before the artist starts work on the mural.

Payment Schedule

  • $250 to sign contract
  • $750 when design is approved + proof of insurance
  • up to $1000 when materials list reviewed
  • $1000 on first day of project
  • Final amount after project complete, receipts submitted



Interested artists will need to submit:

  • Artists must be a Pinellas County Resident and complete and pass a level 1 background check through Pinellas County Schools (apply here for free now– please apply now, as the process takes 2 weeks for approval)

  • If selected to do the project will be asked to complete a W9 and will need to provide proof of insurance during the time of meeting with students through on site painting dates of the project.

  • A short biography and resume, with history working with children in completing an art project.

  • At least 6 photographs or links to photographs of six or more works, including at least one mural of your design or have been lead on the painting team.  Please include at least one project you have completed where children were included in the process. Please do not submit mock up idea designs for this project, it limits the process when evaluating you as an artist overall.

  • A brief written summary or description of your approach to working with elementary age children for inspiration and for 2 work sessions during your installation process. Let us know what projects (even if it wasn’t a painting based project) you have worked on before and things you thought worked well in the process.

  • Contact information for 3 references with one reference from a project that included working with kids in the process. This could be an art camp experience or hands on art workshop, pop up project, sculpture or other art based project.

  • Link to website and social media sites

Applications are due by Wednesday March 23 at 11:59 pm  via online application at SM APPLY link.

Contact Lea Umberger, Arts Project Manager at Creative Pinellas- or (727) 582-2172.

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