Drain Smart murals are a way for artists to encourage people to stop polluting.
Author: Raven Richard
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Arkansas’s Drain Smart program allows artists to paint messages of saving the environment on storm drain across the area.
63-year-old Diann Blevins learned to paint three years ago.
"I wasn't doing this at all, didn't even know I could…couldn't draw stick figures,” said Blevins.
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At first glance, storm drains and their unglamorous job of transporting stormwater runoff do not seem like catalysts for environmental activism. Yet, communities across the nation have embraced storm drains as canvasses to raise awareness about local water quality.
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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.
Three storm drains located on State Street near the Pine Bluff Civic Center complex are sporting new paint jobs after a couple of students at Pine Bluff High School and an art teacher at White Hall High School spent a number of hours decorating them.
Lee Anderson, the staff chair and Cooperative Extension Agent for Jefferson County, said the idea behind the art is to make people stop and think about where the water flows after it enters a storm drain.
Area artists are invited to apply for a chance to have their art displayed to the public in a Drain Smart Art project.
The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education program and the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network, announced the project.
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.