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UpStreamArt painters selected; murals to begin soon

Fast Facts:

    • Artists selected for the 2015 UpStream Art Project
    • Art installation begins soon
    • More info: Jane Maginot, Washington County extension office, 479-444-1755, or by email at

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Don’t think it’s graffiti if you see an artist painting on the sidewalk over the next couple of weeks – he or she may be painting with the UpStream Art project. The 2015 UpStream Art Project has made its final selection of local artists to paint murals on storm drains for the purpose of water quality education. Artists submitted designs to the project committee in February and the finalists were submitted to city mayors or city councils for approval. All art must be completed by May. 

KEEP IT CLEAN -- A example of the UpstreamArt educational murals being painted in northwest Arkansas. The artwork is meant to help people understand that water falling into the drains goes directly into our water supply without being processed.

The mural locations for the 2015 are listed below along with the name of the artist that has been selected to paint each drain:

Bella Vista

    • Mallory Whitehouse - Riordan Hall
    • Katy Kane – CVS on Mercy Way


    • Cassie Conley – NE “A” St by 21c Museum
    • Kate Dickinson - SE "A" & SE 2nd St.
    • Laura Neill - NW 2nd St (Between NW “A” and N Main St.)

Fayetteville – All on U of A Campus

    • Randy Rust - Lot 56 (At Mullins Creek)
    • Lee Porter - 735 Dickson St. (In front of Nanotechnology building)
    • Paige Dirkson - Leroy Pond (By Bud Walton Arena)
    • Kate Barnes - Meadow St. (By bus stop in front of HYPR building)


    • Emily Chase - Jones Center (Entrance off Emma Ave.)
    • Nicole Helt - Jones Elementary

There will be four more storm drains painted in Springdale on the corner of Meadow Ave. and Park St. that are being designed in a collaborative project by the students of Archer Learning Center, Springdale Senior Center and Team Springdale. An additional storm drain is painted by the art students of teacher Amanda Funkhouser at Northside Elementary in Rogers. 

“UpStream Art gives artists a chance to express themselves in semi-permanent public art as a series of a small-scale outdoor storm drain murals,” said Jane Maginot, Washington County extension urban stormwater educator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The purpose of the project is to help people understand that storm drains are not the same as a city’s sanitary sewer system. Any materials that go into the storm drain goes directly into nature.

“Grease, oil, sediments, litter, brake dust, anti-freeze, fertilizer, yard clippings, pet waste-- all of those pollutants, plus whatever the water picks up as it washes across parking lots and roadways, goes raw and directly into our local streams and drinking water sources such as Beaver Lake,” Maginot said.

“Our hope is that the art will help raise awareness of the purpose of these drains and help reduce the amount of pollution returned directly to the environment,” Maginot said.

The project is being led by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service through the NWA Stormwater Education program. Additional funding for the 2015 project came from a grant through the Arkansas Arts Council.

For more information on UpStream Art please visit: or contact Jane Maginot, Washington County Extension Office, 479-444-1755, or by email at

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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By Jane Maginot
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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