FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 21, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. — The community is invited to celebrate a series of newly painted stormwater drain inlet murals during First Friday Art Walk on September 1! The “Drain Crawl” will be held from 6 – 8 p.m., featuring a “meet and greet” with the artists, giveaways, refreshments, and live music by Pueblo performers November Sky, Bob Marsh, Roberto Martinez and The Jewel Tones.
Pueblo Arts Alliance, Pueblo City-County Health Department and City Stormwater Utility are co-hosting the event.
Five winning designs by local artists were chosen for painting in July 2017. The murals are in four locations for the “Drain Crawl”: Victoria Ave. at the Riverwalk; Grand Ave. at Sister Cities Plaza; at the intersection of Union Ave. and Grand Ave.; and the intersection of Main St. and Alan Hamel Ave. Join the “walking reception” by arriving at any of the four locations, grab a map and head to the rest of the concrete canvases. A fifth mural was painted at Bessemer Academy, and a reception there is planned for students later in September.
The Stormwater Education Art Project (SEAP) was conceived last year as an outreach effort by the City Stormwater Utility and the Pueblo City-County Health Department with the goal of bringing attention to street infrastructure in the city and reinforce the message of anti-littering. In the past, small stickers and imprinted manhole covers near storm drains have warned pedestrians “No Dumping –Drains to River or Creek,” but the newly painted sidewalk murals are much more eye-catching.
Susan Finzel-Aldred, Environmental Coordinator at the Health Department says: “This project has been a good collaboration between partners. I encourage the public to do the Drain Crawl on September 1 to learn something news and give us their impressions. We hope to add more inlet murals in the future.”
The SEAP was funded in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action taken by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
For more information on the SEAP and protecting our waterways, visit https://pueblo.us/458/Stormwater-Utility.