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    Artstorm Call for Artists (Deadline Aug. 31)

    The streets and sidewalks of Lynchburg are connected to the James River by a network of over 15,000 stormwater drains. Whenever it rains, all the water - and whatever else is in the drain including trash, oil, gasoline, and natural debris - is carried directly to the James River. In order to raise awareness about the importance of stormwater drains in keeping the James River clean, Lynchburg Water Resources and the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities (JRCAH) are inviting artists to submit designs for storm drain art in Lynchburg.

    Six locations have been selected in the Wyndhurst neighborhood in Lynchburg and artists are invited to submit paintable designs that embody the following themes:

    •    Stormwater Pollution: “Only Rain Down the Drain”
    •    Environmental Protection: Why clean water is important for everyone including native plants and animals
    •    James River/Lynchburg Ecosystem: Local wildlife/habitat, natural beauty, community connection

    Artists are encouraged to think of creative ways to translate one of these themes into artwork that will reflect the importance of keeping storm drains free of dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, pet waste and other contaminants. Additionally, a phrase with the same message as “Only Rain Down the Drain” must be incorporated into the design.

    Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, August 31, 2021, for consideration. An independent panel of judges from the City of Lynchburg and the JRCAH will judge the entries and select up to six winning designs. The winning artists will be announced in September, and artists will install their artwork throughout October.  Lynchburg Water Resources will supply all approved paint,as well as a $175 stipend to each artist.

    To learn more and to submit a design, visit the project website.

    NOTE: On Thursday, July 29, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., a “Donuts and Drains” launch party will take place at Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts, 500 Fifth Street. Potential participants are encouraged to come ask questions, brainstorm submissions, view previous installations and enjoy a donut or two!