Roll Out the Barrels is brought to you by ACC Stormwater and ACC Water Conservation with support from Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Graduate Athens, and Athens Paint and Body. All proceeds from the event go to the ACC Green School Program.
Join us for the 9th Annual Roll Out the Barrels event on Thursday, May 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Foundry. Bid on 16 unique rain barrels that have been painted by local artists while enjoying music, appetizers, and drinks. Participating artists include:
Courtney Brown (barrel on display at Hotel Indigo)
Jamie Calkin(barrel on display at the ACCGOV Transportation and Public Works Department)
Sarah Cook (barrel on display at the ACCGOV Planning Department)
Bembry Smith (barrel on display at the ACCGOV Water Business Office)
Joan Terrell(barrel on display at the ACCGOV Transportation and Public Works Department)
What is Roll Out the Barrels?
Roll Out the Barrels is an annual event (typically held in May) 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.