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.
From its new town hall to its plans to send every child to college, Arkadelphia is a small town with a big vision
We head back to Town Hall, where we began. Jimmy introduces me to Nancy Anderson, director of grants and research. Her dark hair is cut in a modern-day Dorothy Hamill, and she welcomes me into her office. Originally from upstate New York, she came to Arkadelphia to attend Ouachita Baptist. When she got on the bus to head down south, her dad said, “She’ll go down there and marry one of those rebels and she won’t come home.”
And that’s just what she did.
Her most recent project with the city has been a grant for storm drain art. In order to build awareness that what’s going down the drains eventually invades local waterways, the city obtained a grant that’s enabling them to feature winning art from Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist and Arkadelphia High School student artists on storm drains around town.
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!