This year's Roll Out the Barrels will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Akademia Brewing Company (150 Crane Drive). Come out and bid on a one-of-a-kind rain barrel painted by a local artist while enjoying live music and light appetizers. All proceeds will benefit the ACC Green School Program; a local initiative to increase environmental education in schools.
Where Can I Preview the Barrels?
Below is a list of the 2018 participating artists and the locations of their barrels (if they are on display to the public). Feel free to visit the barrels in person prior to bidding on them at the event on May 24, and visit www.facebook.com/stormwateracc to vote on your favorite!
Audrey St. Onge
Carol Rainey Fox - ACC Streets and Drainage Division (605 Spring Valley Road)
Chase Street Elementary School Art Club
Jamie Calkin, Arezou Taeed, and Amy Scott - Hotel Indigo (500 College Avenue)
Julia Wynn Safer - ACC Planning Department (120 W. Dougherty Street)
Lorenza Chico Rozier
Maggie Seee - ACC Water Business Office (124 E. Hancock Avenue)
Marc Beechuk - ACC Planning Department (120 W. Dougherty Street)
Micah Miranda - Hotel Indigo (500 College Avenue)
Nat Freeman - Akademia Brewing Company (150 Crane Drive)
Sarah Cook - ACC Streets and Drainage Division (605 Spring Valley Road)
Zoe Daniel - Akademia Brewing Company (150 Crane Drive)
What is Roll Out the Barrels?
Roll Out the Barrels is an annual event that raises awareness of stormwater runoff, water pollution, and water conservation, all while promoting local artists and supporting environmental education. Local artists turn rain barrels into beautiful pieces of functional art to be auctioned off in support of the Athens Green School Program, an initiative to ensure environmental education is taught in the classroom.
Why Rain Barrels?
Water pollution is a serious problem in Athens-Clarke County and green infrastructure, such as rain barrels and other rain harvesters, are an important component in addressing that problem. Rain barrels are easy to install and can be used to protect water by both reducing stormwater runoff and reducing the need to pull from city water supplies for lawn-care and car washing.