Local artists are invited to participate in the sixth annual Artistic Rain Barrel program. This year's project is sponsored by the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. Applications are due February 7, and 25 artists will be chosen to paint rain barrels highlighting the prairie's role in water quality. The rain barrels will be displayed at SouthPointe Pavilions in April. Proceeds from the sale of the rain barrels will help fund Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center's environmental education programs.
Rain barrels are above-ground containers modified to receive, store and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses. The Artistic Rain Barrel program has raised more than $30,000 for community youth education programs.
"Artists at all skill levels are welcome to participate by painting a rain barrel," said Ellen Wright, Environmental Health Educator in Watershed Management. "This year's prairie theme will highlight the important role prairies play in filtering stormwater runoff, which is a leading cause of water pollution."
Applications are available on the City website, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rain barrel), and at the City Watershed Management office, 901 West Bond St. The chosen artists will be notified by February 10 and will have until March 28 to paint and return the barrels. Photos and more information will be posted on the City website.
A "Buy Now" feature allows individuals to purchase a rain barrel anytime during the month of April. The feature can be accessed from the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center website at springcreekprairie.audubon.org or by using a smart phone to scan the QR code displayed with each rain barrel.
For more information, contact Wright at 402-441-7075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.