Storm Drain Art

Image of a storm drainThe Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces a new Call for Art as part of its New Works Program. This year’s program brings public art to a new canvas—storm drains. The Call for Art is seeking art that features images and messages to raise awareness about storm water and the importance of storm drains. Selected artwork will be applied to up to 40 storm drains citywide. 

For Residents and Businesses:

Those interested in having a storm drain painted in their neighborhood should apply here. A minimum of 3 neighbors in the area of the storm drain need to be listed on the application in support of the project. Residents and businesses that wish to see a storm drain painted in their neighborhood should complete this application. Selected applicants willApply button Opens in new window be provided a template of the winning artwork, paint, and instructions on installation. If you are unable to facilitate the installation, assistance can be provided. There is no cost to the resident or business for this program. The painted storm drain will be listed on a public map. Locations will be limited to neighborhood areas; no major roads or thoroughfares will be allowed. It is expected that installation will begin in the summer. The first round of installation locations will be selected in June. 

For Artists:

Applications for the program are now closed. The 2021 selected artists will be announced soon. Check back for future opportunities.

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