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Watershed Education: 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel Program

Artists Needed for Rain Barrel Art Project

Watershed Management Division, 901 N. 6th St., Lincoln, NE 68508, 441-7701, fax 441-8194

2740 'A' St., Lincoln, NE 68502, 441-7847, fax 441-8706

Date: January 11, 2010

For More Information: Amanda Meder, Watershed Management, 441-7075

Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 441-8709

More Artists Needed for Rain Barrel Art Project

Less than two weeks remain for local artists to submit their application to participate in the Artistic Rain Barrel program to benefit the Pioneers Park Nature Center's scholarship programs. The applications, due Monday, January 25, are available on the City Web site, (keyword: rain barrel); at the City Parks and Recreation office, 2740 'A' St.; and at the City Watershed Management office, 901 N. 6th St.

Twenty-five artists will be selected to paint rain barrels, which will be auctioned to the public in April.

Rain barrels are above-ground containers modified to receive, store and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses. The project is sponsored by the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center and the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department.

The Friends organization will notify selected artists by January 29. The artists will have four weeks to paint and return the barrels along with the title of the work, the artist's bio and a written description of their work. Decorated rain barrels will be on display at local businesses and libraries during March and early April, and they will all come together for display at the Nature Center from April 10 through 17. The project will conclude with the auction at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at the "Nature's Market" at Pioneers Park. Photos of the barrels and more information also will be posted on the City Web site.

For more information, contact Watershed Management at 441-7075 or the Pioneers Park Nature Center at 441-8709 or visit (keyword: rain barrel).

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