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Unless the streets are flooding, most of us walk right past storm drains every day and don’t think twice about the underground water highway they connect to. In Dane County, these storm sewer highways often travel to local waterways without being cleaned, carrying trash, soil and other pollutants to our lakes, rivers and streams. The Storm Drain Mural Program led by the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership, Dane County and Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) is using storm drains as a canvas to educate residents about stormwater pollution through art. The goal of these colorful murals is to capture the attention of those who pass by, help them understand where the stormwater that enters their storm drain flows and get them thinking about what they can do to “Keep It Clean”.
Twenty nine murals have been painted across fifteen Dane Co. communities since 2018 and up to ten additional murals will be painted this summer. Some of these murals were designed with the help of local schools and/or community youth groups. The students first learned about stormwater pollution and solutions and then created designs for a mural in their community. DAMA collected the student designs ideas and used them to create unique storm drain murals which students helped paint. The remaining murals were designed by local artists.
Check out all the designs and locations on our Storm Drain Mural Map.
We are teaming up Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) to add more storm drain murals to the landscape in 2021. Municipalities, organizations, schools or community groups located in Dane County that are interested in having a storm drain mural painted in their community are encouraged to apply. Applicants can select from two project options:
All mural supplies and painting costs are covered through this program. There is no cost to the applicant or municipality. For more information or to apply check out the Storm Drain Mural Application. Applications for are due February 15th, 2021.