Artists wanted for two environmental design contests

BATAVIA, OH — The Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District is encouraging students and local artists to participate in design contests for two popular events to be held in the spring – the annual Spring Litter Cleanup and the 8th annual Rain Barrel Art Project.

The 2020 Spring Litter Clean-Up is scheduled for May 16, and coordinators are kicking off the event with a logo design contest for local students. The winning logo will be printed on a reusable water bottle, which will be the 2020 volunteer thank you gift. Any K-12 student, including home-schooled students, attending school or residing in Clermont County, or within the East Fork Little Miami River watershed, may register to compete. The student with the winning design will receive a cash award of $100 and an additional $100 for their school art department. There will also be 13 grade level awards of $25 each.

The Rain Barrel Art Project is open to all artists, including students and seasoned professionals. This is a joint effort of Save Local Waters, its members and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Students and other community members throughout the Ohio River Valley are asked to submit artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels. The painted rain barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo through April, and auctioned off during the Zoo’s Tunes and Blooms event on April 23.