The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking artists to paint murals with educational messages on storm drains in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and Jefferson County as part of the Drain Smart UpStream Art project.
Organizers with Drain Smart, a program aimed at communicating the link between street litter, storm drains, and water equality, have opened up online voting to the public! Take a look at the 2018 Drain Smart Central Arkansas art below and cast your vote for your favorite!
"Drain Smart" is a public art program aimed at raising awareness on education and protection of local streams.
Like most cities, Little Rock's storm drains flow directly into our streams. When it rains, water picks up everything in its path and carries it through storm drains into streams and creeks. Drain Smart is an engaging public-education and environmental program that uses art to communicate the importance of reducing the litter that flows into storm drains.
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.
Across America, storm drain art discourages litter
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.
Recent interview with Dan Scheiman on THV11. Artists needed!
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.