SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Santa Maria Utilities Department and the Recreation and Parks Department are looking for artists to help design and paint sidewalk murals at five storm drains within the city.
This project is part of the city's efforts to raise awareness for the negative effects of water pollution.
“While providing a unique canvas, the juxtaposition of education and public art, we will remind our community about the need of protecting the city’s water systems while creating poignant masterpieces,” said Dennis Smitherman, Recreation Services Manager.
Proposals for mural designs are due by midnight on Sunday, May 30. The city said each proposal should include artwork that communicates a message supporting water quality initiatives.
After the due date, a panel of judges will select five winning artists. Each winner will receive a $250 stipend for their work and a supply reimbursement of up to $150.
In addition, photographs of the boxes will be posted on the Santa Maria public art tour webpage and on other print and electronic media sources.
The official "Call for Artist" information packet as well as applications and storm drain design templates can be downloaded from the city's website here.
All questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks office at 805-925-0951 ext. 2260.