LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Two organizations in Lynchburg are bringing awareness to a local cause and making it look good in the process.
Lynchburg Water Resources and the James River Council of Arts and Humanities are working on an art project that aims to help promote clean water going into the city’s stormwater drains.
Getting clean water into the James River is the main goal for ‘Artstorm Lynchburg 2021.’
“We just need to make sure that everybody takes a part in making sure that clean water gets down the drain and gets to the James River. We all like to enjoy the James River, and it’s a big source of recreation for the entire community,” said Jason St. Clair, President of the James River Council of Arts & Humanities.
For the fifth year in a row, Lynchburg Water Resources and the James River Council of Arts are searching for artists to decorate storm drains with one message — “Only Rain Down the Drain.”
“If you’re dumping trash on the side of the roads, and you’re dumping oil on the ground, and it’s going into these storm drains; it’s going to end up in the James River, and it’s going to cause pollution,” explained St. Clair.
There are 15,000 stormwater drains in Lynchburg — dozens of which are already painted from previous years. But this year, they’re looking for artists to paint storm drains in the Wyndhurst section.
“It helps that a lot of the pieces are really eye-catching, and I think it just makes people see issues that they might not have really thought about otherwise,” said Stephen Kissel from the James River Council of Arts & Humanities.
The Council of the Arts is looking for artists of all skill levels to submit designs by Aug. 31.
“They’ve had everybody from middle and high schoolers to professional working artists, so there’s really a range of who can put in submissions for it,” said Kissel.
Six artists will be chosen to start decorating in the fall.
You can find more information on how to submit a design for the project from the James River Council’s site.
In addition, you can learn more about how to properly dispose of waste on the Lynchburg Water Resources website.
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