LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – “Please don’t trash my home,” that’s the theme of Linda Dell Haycook’s mural for the Drainsmart program.
The mural is centered around a Bluegill Perch.
“I chose to paint a simple Bluegill Perch because it is in all of our bodies of water from tiny streams to the mighty Arkansas River,” said Haycook. “They are directly affected by our treatment of the environment. As we need clean air, they need clean water. They cannot speak to us, so, Drainsmart speaks for them.”
Drain Smart artist Prinn Vandegrift and library staff held a Drain Dance Party to kick off the DeFEET LITTER WITH PRINN CAMPAIGN! Kids literally kicked off their shoes and danced through paint across a big banner. There were garbage games like “PUT IT IN A CAN MAN” and “GARRRRRRRBAGE GRAB” designed to drive home the fact that to DeFEET liter, kids simply need to use their feet to make sure all trash goes in a can so only rain goes down the storm drain. There was a hands-on demonstration to show just what happens to garbage on the ground.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the Drain Smart program kicks into full gear in Little Rock this year, residents in the city will get a chance to look at some of the amazing murals on drains across the city.
The program hopes to educate the public on the importance and function of local storm drains and how littering can affect our planet.
The Drain Smart program is designed to educate the public on protecting local water quality by transforming storm drains into artwork with the help of local artists. This year’s lineup included pieces in SoMa, The Promenade and on Center Street.
By: Walter Wright
Drain Smart Central Arkansas (“Drain Smart”) previously issued a 2016 “Call for Artists” seeking sponsorships for its program .http://www.mitchellwilliamslaw.com/drain-smart-central-arkansas-program-sponsorship/2016-call-for-artists
Drain Smart is sponsored by Audubon Arkansas and was initiated last year as a:
by Jess Ardrey
It’s not uncommon to see people constantly looking down at their phones, even while walking on the sidewalk. Now, thanks to the Drain Smart program, the Little Rock city streets have something much more eye-catching to look down at.
Back for the second year, this program is designed to educate the public on protecting local water quality by selecting artists to paint murals on storm drains in three iconic Little Rock locations. You’ve probably seen 2015’s creations in War Memorial Corridor, South Main and the River Market area.
Drain Smart, the anti-litter effort in which artists paint storm drains to remind folks their street trash doesn't just disappear but goes to our rivers and streams, will this year set artists loose on eight drains on South Main, four the Promenade at Chenal and six on Center Street. The video above was made by Justin Nickels about his friend Sarah Higgins' drain at Main and 17th streets. She uses The Great Wave of Kanagawa image in her painting, which shows folks that what they throw in the street near that intersection ends up in our Fourche Creek. Watch an artist at work!
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Water runoff isn’t a sexy topic. Seriously, try bringing it up at your next party. You’ll clear the room. But over the last few years, municipalities have found creative ways to raise awareness of storm drains and how water runoff can affect the water supply itself.
Upstream Art has slowly been raising the profile in Northwest Arkansas since 2012. Now Little Rock is getting in on the game with Drain Smart, which also allows artists to paint a mural on 17 drains around the city.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The new drainage murals were unveiled on Tuesday night at the 2015 Inaugural Central Arkansas Drain Smart program.