A coalition of state and local agencies and non-profit organizations are excited to announce the second year of Drain Smart, a public art program aimed at raising awareness, education and protection of local water resources.
“Public response to the first year Drain Smart murals that were painted in the River Market, South Main and War Memorial areas has been incredibly positive, and people are responding to the conservation message. We are very excited to expand the project into new areas of the city this year,” said Dr. Dan Scheiman, bird conservation director for Audubon Arkansas.
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 our streams and creeks. Drain Smart is an engaging public-education/environmental program that uses art to communicate the importance of reducing the litter that flows into our storm drains.
Coordinators with the program are calling for local artists to submit their ideas for murals to be painted on 18 storm drains in Little Rock. This year’s designated mural locations are grouped into three areas: The Promenade at Chenal, Center Street between 4th and 7th Streets, and Main Street from 15th to 29th Streets. Selected artists will receive a $150 stipend, and all necessary supplies will be provided.
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.
Artists have until March 15 to submit their applications (available at drain-smart.org) along with a sketch of their idea. Artists will be notified by April 1, and all art will be completed by June 5. Artists will be eligible for an additional final prize to be given to the winners chosen by public voting.