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Butte Stormwater Art Project

Butte Stormwater Art Project

Butte Stormwater Art Project

2019 Summer Stormwater Drain Art

We are reinvigorating our stormwater drain art project for the summer 2019 Folk Festival!

What’s stormwater art?

It’s art which inspires and educates people about our waterways and storm drains. Did you know that stormwater in Butte is not treated? Anything that goes into a storm drain goes directly to either Blacktail or Silver Bow Creek!

We are looking for artists to help us beautify uptown Butte Stormdrains before the Montana Folk Festival!

Sign up for a drain at 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Attend our informational meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Clark Art Chateau
  2. Come see us at the CTEC table at the Butte Farmers Market on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
  3. Sign up by contacting Kayla Lappin at klappin@mtech.edu or 406-221-6198.

Approved Materials

Keep in mind that these are temporary art installations that we expect to last no longer than the end of July, if not shorter.

  • Non-Toxic, Acrylic Paint (no latex, no oil-based)
  • Chalk

If you need help purchasing supplies please contact Kayla.
In addition, a limited amount of funds is available for those who are in need.

Art Focus & Regulations

Artwork should have an ecological, aquatic, riparian or connectedness theme. A few examples of this include artwork that:

  • Conveys the literal messages of “only rain in the drain” or “water drains to creek;”
  • Contains ecological or riparian elements such as trout, fish, birds, wildlife, aquatic macroinvertebrates, plants, and water;

DO NOT paint over traffic lines & curbs; this creates a safety issue!

Work Days

We will have a group work night on Wednesday, July 10 right before the festival, but you are free to start on your art before that once you are signed up for your drain. Art must be completed no later than July 11, 2019.

Questions

For questions about the project, please contact Kayla Lappin at 406-221-6198 or klappin@mtech.edu.

Map of Available Drains

Contact Kayla Lappin: klappin@mtech.edu to sign up for your drain and have it marked on the map!

About the Project

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) and Butte-Silver Bow have teamed up to increase stormwater awareness in our community by placing public art on traffic signal boxes throughout Butte. Community members often don’t realize that all of Butte’s stormwater is untreated and eventually makes its way into either Blacktail or Silver Bow Creek. Unfortunately, this means trash, oil, and other materials make their way into these important bodies of water threatening the health of our precious water resources.

The goal of this effort is to increase awareness of storm drain connections to our creeks while adding vibrancy to our community through public art installations. There are 32 signal boxes still eligible for wrapping in the Uptown and Harrison Avenue districts. Signal boxes will be wrapped with original works of art, and the art selected for the signal box wraps will have ecological, aquatic, or riparian connectedness theme. We envision the art on the signal boxes honoring the unique ecology and beauty of the summit valley, our water resources, and the outdoor areas we all know and love.

Artist Info →

Selected Artists Recieve:

  • $200 Stipend for Artwork
  • Name featured on the signal box plaque
  • Recognition on CFWEP Social Media Accounts
  • Feature on the bsbstormwater.org website

 

Art Submission Requirements:

Art Theme

Artwork and photographs should have a specific ecological, aquatic, or riparian connectedness theme. A few examples of this include artwork that:

  • Conveys the literal messages of “only rain in the drain” or “water drains to creek;”
  • Shows the connection between our storm drains and Silver Bow and Blacktail Creeks;
  • Contains ecological or riparian elements such as native trout, wildlife, aquatic macroinvertebrates, native plants, and water;
  • Conveys the history and significance of our waterways.

Art Medium

Art will be converted to a digital medium and will be printed on a weather and fade resistant wrap. Art can be created digitally using tools such as Adobe Illustrator, or it can be created using physical materials. We will be using a large scanner to transfer physical artwork to a digital medium.

DOT Regulations

The Department of Transportation does not allow artwork that faces the street to contain words or other loud elements to ensure traffic safety. You may include these elements on the sidewalk side of the artwork. Logos are not permitted anywhere on the artwork. Correct proportions are illustrated in Figure 1.

Art Selection

Art will be selected by sponsors and CFWEP.

How to Submit Artwork

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. For questions or issues with the submission process contact Kayla at klappin@mtech.edu or 406-221-6198.

Sponsor Info →

Select a Level of Sponsorship

 

Bull Trout: $600 Sponsorship

  • Business name and logo featured alone on the signal box sponsor plaque (wraps last an average of 10 years)
  • Sponsor’s business name and logo, along with a paragraph mentioning the donation, will be added to cfwep.org and bsbstormwater.org websites
  • Featured on CFWEP social media accounts
  • Featured in the Montana Steward (CFWEP’s newspaper)
  • Included in a print ad in the Montana Steward
  • Featured in publications related to stormwater education
  • PLUS: Selection of Artwork for your Signal Box (with CFWEP’s approval of artwork)

Stonefly: $300 Sponsorship

  • Business name and logo featured with one other business on the signal box sponsor plaque (wraps last an average of 10 years)
  • Sponsor’s business name and logo, along with a paragraph mentioning the donation, will be added to cfwep.org and bsbstormwater.org websites
  • Featured on CFWEP social media accounts
  • Featured in the Montana Steward (CFWEP’s newspaper)
  • Featured in publications related to stormwater education

How to Sponsor

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. For questions or issues with the submission process contact Kayla at klappin@mtech.edu or 406-221-6198.

Artist Application Form

Stormwater Artist Submission Form

Sponsor Application Form

Stormwater Art Sponsorship Application