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Watershed Education: 2010 Artistic Rain Barrel Program

Artists Needed for Rain Barrel Art Project


PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES DEPARTMENT
Watershed Management Division, 901 N. 6th St., Lincoln, NE 68508, 441-7701, fax 441-8194

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
2740 'A' St., Lincoln, NE 68502, 441-7847, fax 441-8706

Date: December 4, 2009

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

Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 441-8709

Artists Needed for Rain Barrel Art Project

Local artists and teachers are invited to participate in the second Artistic Rain Barrel program to benefit the Pioneers Park Nature Center's scholarship programs. 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 group will choose 25 artists 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.

"Last year's project was so successful, we wanted to give more artists a chance to participate this year," said Amanda Meder, Environmental Health Educator for Watershed Management. "This art project is a fun way to educate the community about the benefits of rain barrels and to promote the simple things we can do to protect our environment. Using rain barrels is a great way to save water for dry spells, reduce runoff and stormwater pollution and provide rainwater to use on your lawns and gardens."

Applications, which include a short summary of the intended design, are due January 25, 2010. They are available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rain barrel); at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 'A' St.; and at the City Watershed Management office, 901 N. 6th St.

The Friends organization will notify selected artists by January 29, 2010. 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. 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 lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rain barrel).

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