City of Moscow invites submissions for storm drain murals in Idaho

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City of Moscow invites submissions for storm drain murals in Idaho

MOSCOW – The city of Moscow has announced the opening of the submission period for proposals for stormwater drainage murals.

Artists were invited to submit designs for mobile mini-murals on sign stands, placed near highly visible storm drains. The project provides a public space for artists to share their two-dimensional artwork with the public and beautifies street furniture throughout the neighborhood.

Up to two selected artists will install hand-painted murals in sign spaces provided by the city to communicate the function of the city’s storm sewer system and its connection to local streams. The mural will be on display for two to four years, and proposals will be accepted through Submittable until August 5, 2022. The submission form is here: https://moscowarts.submittable.com/submit/7ed6e1b4-5868-4713-a0fe-95f66351f250/moscow-public-art-2022-storm-drain-murals. This opportunity does not accept email or physical design submissions.

This call is open to youth and adult artists living in Lata County, Nez Perce County, Asotin County, Whitman County, Nez Perce, or members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

All submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel and a total of two designs will be selected for installation. Each selected artist will receive an honoraria of $300 upon completion of the work.

Like many cities, Moscow City’s municipal independent storm sewer system (MS4) flows directly into local waterways, including Paradise Creek. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality lists Paradise Creek and the south of the Palouse River as damaged water bodies. In October 2019, the city received a Phase II National Pollutant Emissions Elimination System MS4 permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The permit gives New York City the statutory authority to discharge surface water into local receiving waters. It also lists specific requirements that the city of Moscow must meet in order to remain in compliance with its regulations. As part of one of the requirements, Moscow must conduct public education and outreach. The Rainwater Mural is one way to meet this provision by engaging the community, in keeping with New York City’s commitment to the arts, and supporting local artists.

Stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots, and other impervious surface areas does not enter water reuse and recycling facilities for treatment like domestic sewage. Water, and whatever it carries, affects the water quality of our local streams and rivers as well as downstream. Nutrients, oils, paints, etc. in litter, cigarette butts, sediment, fertilizers and dog poop can degrade water quality and aquatic habitat. Successful submissions will be those that address the impact of stormwater on ecosystems and communicate a shared responsibility to protect valuable resources.

For more information about the project and the Moscow City Public Art Program, please visit: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/218/Public-Art


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