Community members and the media are invited to attend the fourth annual UpStream Art event, where local artists will paint storm drain murals in Springfield. Five artists will be creating murals on the ground, and the community is invited to watch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 at the Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path at 307 South Fifth Street in Springfield; view event poster.

The UpStream Art projects over the past three years have resulted in sixteen unique storm drain murals, which are still in place today and can be viewed around downtown Springfield and at the Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path; view map. This year’s murals will reflect the 2019 theme “It’s All Connected.” While in the past each artist has painted a mural on a different storm drain, for a second year the murals will all be part of a continuum of “flowing water” from a stormwater treatment area to the Mill Race. Artists will use specialized street paint to create their designs. The event is free and family friendly.

The UpStream Art project raises awareness about the importance of protecting our rivers, stream habitat, and aquatic wildlife. Many people do not realize that pet waste, auto fluids, debris, and other pollutants left on the ground can get washed into storm drains and then flow untreated to local waterways. The City of Springfield is hosting and sponsoring the UpStream Art installation. Additional information about UpStream Art is available at www.springfieldstreams.org.

What: Fourth Annual UpStream Art Installation

Who: Community members and the media

Where: Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race Path at 307 South Fifth Street in Springfield

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019

Additional Information: Mary Healy, Environmental Services Tech, 541.726.3626 or mhealy@springfield-or.gov. Visit the project web page here.