Social distancing may have changed how artists are working, but the Drain Smart Program isn't letting it stop them from spreading their message.
Local conservation groups, artists and city officials have help from area artists to spread clean water message
A new cohort of artists has begun working on their storm drain murals for the sixth year of the Drain Smart Central Arkansas project. Drain Smart is a public art program aimed at raising awareness, education, and protection of local water resources. Twelve murals are being painted, eight in Little Rock, two in North Little Rock, and two in Bryant. This project will adhere to federal, state, and local guidelines concerning Covid-19.
The artists come from various backgrounds and walks of life, from lifelong professional artists to high school students working on their first public project. Each has a story to tell about what motivated them to apply and about the concept they submitted. They are working now through June 1. Each artist is responsible for setting their own schedule, but arrangements for on-site interviews can be made through project coordinator Dan Scheiman, Conservation Director for Audubon Arkansas.
In most cities across Arkansas storm drains flow directly into the nearest waterway. When it rains, water picks up everything in its path and carries it through storm drains into our creeks and rivers. Drain Smart is an engaging public art / environmental education program that uses art to communicate the importance of reducing street litter so it doesn’t get washed down a storm drain and pollute water and wildlife habitat.
The Drain Smart Committee, a coalition of state and local agencies and non-profit organizations, selected the 12 artists and their concepts from among the 43 submissions. Selected artists have been given basic paint supplies and will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of their mural.
The project will culminate in a Meet the Artists Celebration on June 25 at Heifer Village. Artists will be eligible for an additional final prize to be given to the winners chosen after a month of public voting.
A short documentary featuring Little Rock artist Marcus Vasquez. This short showcases his artwork, his process, his experience doing community artwork with Drain Smart, and where he sees his art taking him in the future. Come see what Marcus has to share with the world!
What you put down our storm drains ends up in nearby streams, rivers and lakes. That's why the Drain Smart Program was born.
Deadline: Friday, March 13
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- You may have seen several of them as on storm drains throughout the city – murals painted by a local artist.
On Monday, the top three winners for the 2019 Drain Smart Program were announced with the first-place winner receiving a $500 cash prize.
1st - Marcus Vasquez from Little Rock
2nd - Teddi Flowers from Bryant
3rd - April Smith from North Little Rock
The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking artists to paint murals with educational messages on storm drains.
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.
The project is a combination of two programs: UpStream Art and Drain Smart.
Over the past few years, both programs have worked in different areas of the state to increase awareness about storm drains, and address the common misperception that they channel runoff into water treatment facilities.
Local artists have painted several of Little Rock's storm drains.
Organizers with Drain Smart, a program aimed at communicating the link between street litter, storm drains, and water quality, have opened up online voting to the public!
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.
Tap HERE to vote on your favorite Drain Smart art!
Thursday, June 27, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1 World Ave., Little Rock, 72202
Please join us in celebration of Arkansas artists’ efforts to protect local waters through public art. Meet the 2019 artists, learn about their storm drain mural art concepts, and find out what you can do to help protect water quality.
Light refreshments, beer, & wine provided.
The event is free but donations are appreciated to help continue this program.
Ken & Mary Smith
2019 Drain Smart Partners: Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Audubon Arkansas, Central Arkansas Water, City of Bryant, City of Little Rock,City of North Little Rock, Friends of Fourche Creek, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, The Promenade at Chenal, and THV11.
Eighteen Arkansas artists started painting storm drains in Central Arkansas this month as part of the Drain Smart program. The paintings are meant to beautify and bring attention to the effect of littering on Arkansas waterways.