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Watershed Education: Artistic Rain Barrel Program


The 2009 Artistic Rain Barrel program and display period concluded on April, 18, 2009.

The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center and the City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division joined forces for an Artistic Rain Barrel program.

This year, we invited artists to creatively paint rain barrels, as part of a fun way to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to improve water quality. Potential artists were required to submit a short summary of their intended design for a rain barrel. The Friends of Pioneers Park chose artists based on these descriptions. Teachers who applied for their class were required to submit a short description of how they would use the rain barrel as a teaching tool in their classroom for consideration. In total, 25 artists and teachers were selected for this year's program.

After the close of the application period on January 30, 2009, a total of 70 applications were received. Unfortunately, we could only select 25 artists.

The selected artists had four weeks to paint and return their barrels. The barrels were on display around Lincoln from March 6, 2009 - April 18 2009 at local businesses and libraries, spending the last week at the Nature Center.

On April 18, 2009 the 25 Artistic Rain Barrels were auctioned off at the Pioneers Park Nature Market. From 9:30-11:00 a.m. Guests at the market competitively bid on the barrels, raising a total of $5,330 for the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, who will use the fund to provide children with scholarships to Adventure and Extreme Nature Camp. The average bid was around $215 per barrel. In other words, the Artistic Rain Barrel Program was a huge success!

Thank you for your support!

See Also: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

2009 Artists and Display Locations

Location/Address Artist/Theme Photo of Barrel
Amanda Anderson, Citizen: "Community Water"
Bagels & Joe
4701 Old Cheney Rd.
Chris Boyd: "Don't Be a Duck Out of Water"
Victor E. Anderson Library
3635 Touzalin Ave.
Sarah Dale-Piersol, Gere Library Teen Advisory Board: "Rain, Rain Don't Go Away!"
Charles H. Gere Branch
2400 S. 56th St.
Gina Egenberger: "Songs for Niah"
Indigo Books
701 P St.
Catherine Griesen: "A Round Lincoln: These are a Few of My Favorite Things"
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S 14th St.
Katherine Herrick: "The Sacrifice"
The Mill
4736 Prescott Ave.
Carol Devall: Hollyhocks and Aliens
Avant Card
2600 S 48th St.
Cindy Hochstetler: "Colorful Pinwheels"
Sunrise Coffee Co
1265 S Cotner Blvd.
Greg Holdren, Friend Schools: "Aquatic Homes"
Wild Bird Habitat
5601 S 56th St.
Joel Johnson: "Blazing Barrel"
Moose's Tooth
27th & Vine
Lana Johnson, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators: "Platte River"
Loren Corey Eiseley Branch
1530 Superior St.
Carrie Masters: Robot Luv: Water Conservation is Automatic
The Mill - Downtown
800 P St.
Melissa Mordy, LSWHS Art Club: "Conserve Water, Preserve Life"
Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library
6701 S 14th St.
Albert Maxey: "Silverback - King of the Jungle"
Meadowlark Coffee
1624 South St.
Jim Mehsling: "Inspired by Wind in the Willows"
Pioneers Park Nature Center
3201 S Coddington Ave.
Diane Ogden: "Africa"
Kinetic Brew (in the State Theater)
1415 O St.
Deb Ortega, Arnold Studio Art Club: "Wishing for a Greener Lincoln"
Campbell's Nursery & Garden Center
5625 Pine Lake Rd.
Carla Otredosky: "Groundwater, Our Hidden Treasure"
Arbor Day Foundation
211 N 12th St.
Joe Rousseau, Mickle Middle School Native American Caucus: "Mni Wakan"
MO Java Coffee
2649 N 48th St.
Carol Rustad: "Prairie Sunset"
Earl May Nursery and Garden Center
5555 S 48th St.
Michael Salerno: "Wakinyan and the Heyoka"
Good Sip Coffee
5831 S 58th St.
Liz Shea-McCoy: "Nature's Elegance"
Lincoln City Hall
555 S 10th St.
Hartley Elementary Art Club CLC/Haydon Art Center: "Summertime Fiesta"
Campbell's Nursery & Garden Center
2342 S 40th St.
Marco A. Valladares: "It's a Colorful Life"
South Branch Library
2675 South St.
Ann Williams: "Life Source"
The Cup
643 S 25th St.

For more information, please contact

Ellen Wright
Environmental Health Educator

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