Artists, teachers, students and local officials helped unveil the fourth annual Rain Barrel Art

Project display Tuesday morning during a press conference and kick off to a month-long feature

at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. in January selected about 51 artistic designs submitted by local artists and

classrooms to be painted on as many rain barrels. The rain barrels, which will remain on display

in the zoo’s Go Green Garden through April until they are auctioned off during the Rain Barrel

Art Benefit Auction on April 21. A partnership between and the zoo, this

initiative raises funds for conservation education in the Ohio River Valley and raises awareness

about the benefits of rain barrels.

Participants range from long-time professionals to classrooms of budding student artists and are

based in cities and towns across the Ohio River Valley. A list of participants, their cities,

organizations and initial titles of their rain barrel designs is available at

Those interested in bidding on the rain barrels can attend the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction

from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 21 at the zoo’s Go Green Garden. The event coincides with the

zoo’s Party for the Planet and Tunes & Blooms event. Admission to the zoo during this event is

free after 5 p.m. and parking is $10.

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