Drain smART Gloucester Schools Project is a collaboration between Seaside Sustainability and the Gloucester Clean City Commission which come together on this fun and inspirational project. We supply all the paint, some supplies and the know-how! You and your classes supply the artistic inspiration and the storm drain.
Our mission is to educate the public by utilizing an accessible method- all one has to do is walk by a mural to receive its message! Storm drains have a unique and very important connection to the ocean. Every time it rains, water wash trash and pollutants off our streets into the drains and flow towards our streams and harbors without any treatment in between. This process creates massive amounts of harmful marine debris, leaving our harbor full of cigarette butts, plastic bags, straws, utensils, cups, and bottles.
School approved teams, groups or classes will paint pre-approved ocean-themed murals on and around storm drains on approved Gloucester Public Schools grounds to encourage passersby not to pollute, as all trash and harmful chemicals travel directly into the ocean through these drains.
Tasteful murals such as those shown below, have been implemented successfully across the country and have yielded positive results.
Reduce pollutants from entering through storm water systems
Provide aesthetic value
Increase public knowledge of storm water and storm drains
Allow local artists to showcase abilities and artwork
Promote public art as an effective educational tool
Storm drain murals offer a unique and effective method to educate the public about storm drains and reduce the amount of pollution entering waterways. Murals are highly visible and contain an aesthetic quality that will catch the eye of any passerby, sparking an awareness towards marine debris and sense of stewardship for our local marine resources.
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