The Art & Science of Rain Barrels, an exhibit at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) running July 8 through Sept. 20, 2013 features handpainted rain barrels from the Mt. Airy Art Garage Rain Barrel Project. Actually, it highlights the work of our participating artists from CW Henry, PA School for the Deaf, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Other Rain Barrel artists included elders from Homelink and the Germantown High School Stained Glass Project. Our entire group ranged in age from 10-85, each group painting two barrels.
Our artists were honored to be partnering with the EPA, the Water Department, and the Energy Coordinating Agency. At the July 9th press conference, Alison Weiss, senior from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, was a featured speaker along with Linda Slodki, cofounder of MAAG.
Over 50 participants celebrated the City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan by educating the public about storm water issues and the ways people can help reduce runoff. This exhibit will also help promote the message that small actions in storm water management can make a big difference. And for MAAGs Rain Barrel Project, we celebrate artists bringing children and elders together to paint rain barrels, build community and use art to create a sustainable future. Now, we are honored to have these barrels celebrated at the EPA.
After September 20 these barrels will return to the participating schools to be attached to downspouts and used for rain gardens and other green projects. Seven more rain barrels are already spread throughout Mt. Airy and Germantown (adding to the already existing 15 barrels from a prior MAAG project). In fact, you’ll find one at Lovett Library! Let’s toast to more rain barrels throughout the Northwest to enhance our community, for all to enjoy.