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.
SaveLocalWaters.org 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 SaveLocalWaters.org 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 savelocalwaters.org.
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.