From 2009 to 2014, local artists were challenged to creatively paint rain barrels to celebrate the importance of water quality. Artists were selected based on their applications addressing a yearly theme. Teachers were encouraged to use this activity as a teaching tool in their classroom. Each year, 25 artists were selected and had five weeks to paint and return their barrels. During the month of April, the barrels were put on display with interpretative signage, and later the barrels were sold, with proceeds supporting environmental education programs.
2012 Artistic Rain Barrel Program
March and April 2012
Lincoln businesses and libraries
April 22, 2012
Lincoln City Earth Day in Antelope Park
Lincoln Children's Zoo summer classes, exhibits and other environmental education programs
- Ann Weideman-Lehman "My Hometown"
- Barb Tisdale & Girl Scout Troop 20154 "Helping Hands"
- Barbara Johnson "Peacock in the Garden a.k.a. L.C. Tiffany"
- Carol A. Packard "Grandma's Garden"
- Christian Persing "Soul Music"
- Grace Pugh "Splash"
- Jan Beal "Ramble on Rose"
- Jessica Lynn Zen & Now"
- Jesy Hansen "Rustic History of a Prairie Rain Barrel"
- Julie Plyler "A Waterbear's Water Barrel"
- Karen & Nicole Hudson "Nature's Gift"
- Kendra Suesz "How Koi"
- Lynette Fast & Students "Artists Playing Around"
- Melody Jones "Rhythm of the Raindrops"
- Michaela Dugan "It's Not Easy Being Green"
- Michelle Hansen-Daberkow & Cub Scouts Pack 43 "Brushed by Cubs"
- Michelle Liebgott-Osing "Fetching Water"
- Mick Rodysill "Achieving the Together Colored Instant"
- Ranee Henderson "Give What You Get"
- Rick Petty "Flutterbys"
- Robert Chambers "Over the Backyard Fence"
- Tom Woods "Barrel O' Rain"
- Tracy S. Garrett "Corn de Lis"
- Troy V. Montanez "H2O"
- Zach Eden "Rainmen"