Rain Barrel Art Project 2017
The Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley through a creative and educational medium. The project is now in its 5th year.
Rain barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country. However, one of its biggest drawbacks is their dull appearance. Some people are less likely to use them given their negative aesthetic impact to residential and commercial landscaping, even though they conserve water and save money. We believe that producing beautiful artistic rain barrels that have unique painted details will make them more desirable and naturally promote their use.
The Rain Barrel Art Project is designed to educate people on environmental issues like storm water runoff, watersheds and water conservation.
2017 Project Timeline
Nov. 15 (of 2016) to Jan. 20 - Entry Period (Click here to submit artwork)
Jan. 20 to Jan. 27 - Selection Period
Feb 11 - Artist Workshop @ The Cincinnati Zoo
Feb. 11 to Mar. 30 - Painting Period
Mar. 30 to Apr. 1 - Rain Barrel Dropoff @ The Cincinnati Zoo
Apr. 1 - Apr. 20 - Rain Barrels Displayed @ The Cincinnati Zoo
Apr. 13 to 20 - Rain Barrel Art Online Auction
How do I participate?
1. Go to the entry form and submit your idea for approval.
2. If your design is approved, attend the artist workshop on February 11.
3. Pick up your rain barrel at the end of the workshop.
4. Return your rain barrel by April 1 and visit it at the Cincinnati Zoo.
What happens after I return the barrel?
1. Barrels are displayed throughout the Zoo between April 1 and April 20.
2. Barrels will be auctioned online between April 13 and April 20.
3. The money raised from the auction will be used for environmental education at SaveLocalWaters.org and at the Zoo.