Clermont Artists Sought to Design Rain Barrels, Litter Cleanup T-Shirt

Clermont SWCD is encouraging all local artists  to help design the event t-shirt for the 2018 Spring Litter Clean-up, and one of 40 painted rain barrels to be displayed and auctioned at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of the 6th annual Rain Barrel Art Project.

The contest for the 2018 Spring Litter Cleanup, sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation, is open to any K-12 student (including home-schooled students) in Clermont County or within the East Fork Little Miami River watershed.  T-shirt designs should emphasize litter clean-up and prevention. Students can register for the contest through the event website: The student with the winning design will receive a $100 cash award and an additional $100 gift given to their school art department or local art program. There will also be 13 grade-level awards of $25 each.  Entries are due to the SWCD office on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 by 4 pm.

The Rain Barrel Art Project is open to all artists, including students and seasoned professionals.  This is a joint effort of Save Local Waters, its members and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. As part of this initiative, students and other community members throughout the Ohio River Valley are asked to submit artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels that are then displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo and auctioned off to raise funds for conservation education.

Artists who wish to submit a design for consideration must do so by January 22, 2018 through an online form at, where additional instructions and submittal tips can be found. Designs will be selected and announced at the end of January. Artists whose designs are selected must attend an artist workshop on February 10, 2018 to pick up their rain barrels and learn techniques for applying their design. Finished rain barrels must be returned between March 29 and 31. They will remain on display at the Cincinnati Zoo until April 19. The barrels will be made available to the public via an online auction between April 9 and 19.

For more information regarding the Rain Barrel Art Project or Save Local Waters, contact John Nelson at 513-772-7645 or visit the website at