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Smart Drains call for smart art: A public art program

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Here's one Drain Smart sketch already entered.
  • Here's one Drain Smart sketch already entered.


Audubon Arkansas, the city of Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center and other state and local groups are partnering on Drain Smart, a public art project in which artists will create murals on city storm drains to remind people that what goes down the drains — including trash — goes into streams that feed the Arkansas River.

Deadline to submit applications along with a sketch of ideas is April 17.  Here's  the application form. An artist selection committee will choose 18 artists to paint on the designated storm drains. The public will vote on a $500 prize for one winner in each of the three target areas: South Main, the War Memorial corridor and the River Market district.
 
From the city's Drain Smart press release: 

Like most cities, Little Rock’s storm drains flow directly into our streams. When it rains, water picks up everything in its path and carries it through storm drains into streams and creeks. Drain Smart is an engaging public-education and environmental program that uses art to communicate the importance of reducing the litter that flows into storm drains. ...
This exciting project gives artists the opportunity to express themselves via semi-permanent public art in a series of small-scale outdoor storm drain murals. This art will then serve to educate the public on watershed and stream protection. 


Other partners include the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Friends of Fourche Creek, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, StudioMain, The Bernice Garden, MacPark Group and Sculpture at the River Market. Artists take note: Sherwin Williams, Walmart and Seal Krete are donating supplies and materials.

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