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Watershed Education: 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel Program

Deadline Extended for Artists to Apply for Rain Barrel Project

Watershed Management Division, 901 N. 6th St., Lincoln, NE 68508, 441-7701, fax 441-8194

2740 'A' St., Lincoln, NE 68502, 441-7847, fax 441-8706

Date: January 21, 2010

For More Information: Amanda Meder, Watershed Management, 441-7075

Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 441-8709

Deadline Extended for Artists to Apply for Rain Barrel Project

The deadline for local artists to submit applications to participate in the Pioneers Park Nature Center's second annual Artistic Rain Barrel Project has been extended one week to Monday, February 1. Twenty-five artists will be selected to paint rain barrels, which will be auctioned to the public Saturday, April 17 at the Nature Center's "Nature's Market" event.

Applications are available on the City Web site, (keyword: rain barrel); at the City Parks and Recreation office, 2740 'A' St.; and at the City Watershed Management office, 901 N. 6th St.

"We understand it may have been difficult for artists to respond over the holidays, especially with the challenges of winter weather," said Amanda Meder, City Watershed Management Division. "We're extending the deadline to make sure everyone who wants to participate has the opportunity. We're confident we'll receive enough qualified applications to make this great environmental art project as successful as it was last year."

Rain barrels are above-ground containers modified to receive, store and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses. The project is sponsored by the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center and the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. Proceeds will benefit the Pioneers Park Nature Center's scholarship programs.

The Friends organization will notify selected artists by February 3. The artists will have four weeks to paint and return the barrels along with the title of the work, the artist's bio and a written description of their work. Decorated rain barrels will be on display at local businesses and libraries during March and early April, and they will all come together for display at the Nature Center from April 10 until the auction at 9 a.m. April 17. Photos of the barrels and more information also will be posted on the City Web site.

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Watershed Education: 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel Program