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City seeks artist for ‘Rosie the Fish’

A storm drain mural designed for Lancaster’s “River Connections” program by local artist Terian Mack. (Source: City of Lancaster)

The city of Lancaster is seeking an artist to depict the mascot of its River Connections program.

“Rosie the Fish” will be a cartoon character who will teach the public, especially children, about local waterways and the importance of environmental stewardship.

Launched in 2022, River Connections aims to highlight Lancaster’s connections to the Conestoga River — in particular, the connections of its Black and Latino communities — and to nurture “a greater sense of stewardship and community.” Projects have included storm drain murals, live performances and a documentary.

Artists should be able to provide images of Rosie the Fish, including dynamic GIF images, for web and social media use. The full details are in the city’s Request for Qualifications (PDF), posted on the Office of Public Art web page.

Artists will have a $3,000 budget. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 24.