Looking for local artists to design murals on Arcata stormwater drains

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ARCATA - Calling all artists. The city of Arcata wants to use art and education to help clean up their polluted storm drains.

The recreation division received a grant from the California Coastal Commission’s “Whale Tail Program” to have educational murals painted on stormwater drains, at three pre-selected sites, The Plaza, North G Street and the Creamery District.

The city is looking for local artists to submit designs conveying messages of conservation and pollution prevention. All designs will be displayed at a gallery show and the three winners will receive $500 each.    

"We have eight creeks that run through our urban city and you know, we're right here on the edge of the Humboldt Bay, and so all of that storm water is directly affecting our local watershed and we're also a community that relies so heavily on that watershed. Not only for recreation but our fisheries, our oysters in the bay, all of those things are so important to the success of this community. So we really wanted to help promote it's health," said Heather Schmidt, Arcata Recreation Supervisor.