DEADLINE EXTENDED! FLOW is seeking Central Ohio artists to turn storm drains into public art!
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
FLOW is excited to use public art as a tool for storm drain education. We hope to connect the local businesses, residents and general public to more education on storm drains. We want the art to help explain that what goes down the storm drains exits directly into the Olentangy River.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Artists need to be 18 years old or have parental permission. Artists must demonstrate in their application that they have the ability to complete the project.
Round One: Artists submit an application and photos showing 5 different example(s) of current artwork. Deadline: midnight, October 30, 2022.
Thirty (30) artists will be selected and asked to submit artwork specifically for the storm drain.
Round Two: Artists chosen in Round One submit their storm drain design. Deadline for submission: TBD. Artists are paid $50 for their design.
Round Three – final artists’ selection: Twenty (20) artists will be selected and will receive $250 for painting their storm drain mural on a designated storm drain.
Artists will paint their final design in the spring of 2023, date(s) to be determined.
A panel of community members from FLOW, the University District Organization and the Short North Alliance will select the finalists at each stage.
WHERE WILL THE ART GO?
All artists will be assigned a specific storm drain. Photo, location and storm drain dimensions will be given to artists. Storm drains are in high traffic areas along High Street between the Short North and North Campus area. Each storm drain will be marked so artists do not exceed the storm drain art boundaries. FLOW will have an art storm drain tour on their website as well as create publicity so residents can experience the different artwork and get more information about individual artists.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ARTISTS?
FLOW volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide support during the whole process. All artists will need to sign a waiver for the painting event. Traffic cones and safety vests will be provided. Artists are allowed to bring an assistant on the day of painting.
By participating, artists are giving FLOW permission to use pictures of the chosen artist’s artwork on social media, FLOW’s website, the project report and any other outlets.
The storm drain areas will be power washed before painting day. Pain and mixing containers will be provided. Artists will need to bring their own paint brushes and any additional supplies they want. Once done the art will be sealed and an anti-graffiti coat applied.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
FLOW is committed to creating and promoting an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture across in their selection process.
DESIGNING YOUR ARTWORK:
Our theme this year is:
The Olentangy River starts here! Only rain down the drain!
Artwork should connect the public to the Olentangy River. You may be surprised to know that the storm drain empties directly into the Olentangy River and we are trying to bring attention to the fact that what goes down the drain goes to the river.
STORM DRAIN DESIGNS MUST ALSO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- The physical storm drain must be incorporated into the painting.
- The artwork must contain no business logos, brands, trademarks or illegal activities depicted.
- All artwork must be public friendly.
ROUND 1 CHECKLIST:
- Download and fill out this application and submit it with 5 different examples of current work to
firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, October 30, 2022. FLOW will notify the 30 selected artists of their acceptance to Round 2 by October 21
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FOR ROUND 1 HERE
Want some inspiration? Check out the map and samples of storm drain art created in Goshen, Indiana!
Photo of storm drain with fish art: City of Dayton Department of Water / Art: Laura and Michael Huff.