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.
“Drain Smart Art is used to draw attention to the usually discreet concrete and iron infrastructure with the hope that observers stop and think about where the water flows after it enters a storm drain,” a spokesman said in a news release. “If residents understand that stormwater flows untreated to creeks, streams, rivers and lakes, they will be more conscious of potential pollutants that can enter those waterways and, in turn, change their behavior to minimize possible pollutants.”
Applications are due Friday, Sept. 16. The winning artist will be notified Friday, Sept 23. Applicants must provide a sketch (minimum size 8 1/2 x 11 inches) of their design along with a completed application, a brief description of their piece, and a short artist biography. The design must incorporate the message that the storm drain “drains to creek” or something similar, the spokesman said.