From 2009 to 2014, local artists were challenged to creatively paint rain barrels to celebrate the importance of water quality. Artists were selected based on their applications addressing a yearly theme. Teachers were encouraged to use this activity as a teaching tool in their classroom. Each year, 25 artists were selected and had five weeks to paint and return their barrels. During the month of April, the barrels were put on display with interpretative signage, and later the barrels were sold, with proceeds supporting environmental education programs.
2014 Artistic Rain Barrel Program - Prairie Theme
Month of April 2014
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center exhibits and other environmental education programs
- Grace Arp "Water's Journey"
- Michelle Asher "Celestial Echo"
- Tyler Collins "Where the Buffalo Roam"
- Crockett-Horn Family "Upstairs/Downstairs"
- Becca DeWitt "A Technicolor Twighlight"
- Vonda Hartsell "Prairie Kisses"
- Barb Johnson "Discover the Nebraska Prairies"
- Crystal Klekot "There's a Buffalo in my Heart"
- Renee Langan "Mazingira ya Vipepeo"
- Michelle Liebgott-Osinga "Prairie Waters"
- Live Yes Studios "The Good Life"
- Allison Mattox "Nebraska's Prairie"
- Michael O'Sullivan "Oh, Give Me A Home"
- Isabelle Paik "Heart of the Prairie"
- Kendra Perley "Guiding Me Home"
- Leah Powell-Moore "Heavy Sun"
- Jennie Schmidt "Rain Song"
- Schoo Middle School 8th Grade Art Club, Adam Schwaninger "Prairie Sunset"
- JoAnne Shipperbottom "Pictured Prairie"
- Jenn Simons "Prairie Pollen"
- Shelby-Rising City Schools Art 2 Class "Great Plains of Nebraska"
- Julie Walstrom & Lincoln Southwest High School "Our Prairie Through Time I & II"
- Richard Wright "The Prairie's Littlest Tough Guy, The Burrowing Owl"
- Desiree Younger "Courage on the Plains"