Artists Needed for 8th Annual Rain Barrel Art Event

All artists, including students and seasoned professionals, are invited to apply to be a part of the 8th annual Rain Barrel Art Project, an initiative designed to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff.

The Rain Barrel Art Project 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 Jan. 17, 2020 through an online form at, where additional instructions can be found. Designs will be selected and announced at the end of January. Artists whose designs are selected will be required to attend an artist workshop at the Cincinnati Zoo on Feb. 1, 2020 to pick up their rain barrels and learn techniques for applying their design. Finished rain barrels must be returned between March 26 and 28. They will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo from April 1 through April 23, when they will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during the zoo’s Party for the Planet event.

For more information regarding the Rain Barrel Art Project or Save Local Waters, contact John Nelson at 513-772-7645 or visit the 2020 Rain Barrel Art Project website.