Party for the Planet!

Posted December 5, 2018 by Angela Hatke

Calling All Artists

Artists of all kinds are needed to participate in the 7th Annual Rain Barrel Art Project, hosted by the Regional Stormwater Collaborative and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. This joint effort continues to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff. A great way to reduce that runoff is to harness rainwater in your very own rain barrel. Typically, rain barrels are a drab color, but with the beautiful talent and touch of artists, they come alive with scenes of nature, wildlife, Cincinnati, and many other designs, making them much more appealing to install on the side of your home. Utilizing a rain barrel could save a homeowner up to 1,000 gallons of water in just one summer.

Artists, from students to amateurs to seasoned professionals may submit their artwork designs for consideration by January 21, 2019, through an online form at where additional instructions and submittal tips can be found. The top 50 designs will be selected and announced at the end of January. Artists whose designs are selected will be asked to attend an artist workshop on Feb. 9, 2019 to pick up their rain barrels provided by the Metropolitan Sewer District and learn techniques for applying their design and bringing their artwork to life. The completed barrels will be displayed throughout the zoo during the month of April 2019. As the Greenest Zoo in America, we are always looking for ways to inspire our community to take action that can impact the environment in positive ways.

The grand finale to the event is the Rain Barrel Benefit Auction on April 25th, 2019. The painted rain barrels will be auctioned during our 10th Annual Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration. An online auction will begin on April 15 and last through the Party for the Planet event on the 25th. Proceeds from the auction will be split between the Zoo and the Regional Storm Water Collaborative to further even more conservation education and awareness.

For more information regarding the Rain Barrel Art Project or, contact John Nelson, Public Relations Specialist, at (513) 772-7645 or visit the website at: