UpStream Art

Call For Artists 2020 – NOW OPEN!

Now through July 22, 2020, the City of Springfield is seeking applications from painters of all ages and from any location for UpStream Art 2020. Each artist will be compensated $1,000 for the completion of their mural, to be painted on September 10-11, 2020.

The theme is “Keeping it Clean, From Street to Stream,” and this year’s location is near the Willamette River, adjacent to Willamalane’s Adult Activity Center and the path leading into Island Park.

COVID-19 considerations

Due to COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed while painting the murals and during tours to view them. While the City is committed to conducting UpStream Art 2020, the project may be changed or cancelled in order to comply with Oregon’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders. All project updates will be posted to this webpage and artists will be contacted directly.

Entry information

Artist FAQ & Rules
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About UpStream Art

Held every summer since 2016, UpStream Art is a project hosted by the City of Springfield in which artists are commissioned to paint inspirational murals around storm drains and sidewalks. These colorful creations raise awareness of the connection between city streets and local waterways while supporting artists and beautifying the city.

Tips for healthy streams

Springfield values our waterways for their natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and world-class fishing. We get a lot of rain and one of the biggest threats to the health of rivers like the Willamette is runoff from urban areas.

As rain water flows over surfaces like roofs, streets, and driveways, it collects common pollutants and washes them into storm drains and out to waterways, where they can harm plants, animals, and humans in the area.

You can keep waterways healthy with these simple tips:

  1. Always pick up after your pet. This prevents rain from washing harmful bacteria and pollutants into our waterways.
  2. Fix leaking vehicles. To trap toxic fluids, put a drip pan under leaks until your car can be repaired.
  3. Use natural gardening techniques like beneficial bugs, hand-removal of weeds, and compost. Avoid chemical weed, moss, and insect killers.
  4. Wash your car at a commercial car wash instead of at home. Car washes are plumbed to our wastewater treatment plant. At home the soap, dirt, and grease wash into our rivers and groundwater.
  5. Keep litter off streets and sidewalks before it washes down the storm drain.


Try a self-guided tour of UpStream Art

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Currently 21 murals can be viewed by walking from downtown Springfield to the nearby Booth-Kelly Trailhead. See our mural map to select your favorite route.

The murals raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. They are a reminder that each of us helps protect local waterways through simple, everyday actions.

For more information

Contact the City of Springfield’s Stormwater Team at or 541.746.3694.

UpStream Art murals in downtown Springfield

Lisa Yu, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Allie Camp, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Jordan Colburn, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Chelsey Putnam, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Chelsey Putnam, 2017. Parking lot of Springfield Museum

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum

Sierra McClain, 2017. 4th and B Street, by Justice Center
Christian Howarth, 2017. 4th and A Street
Scott Boyes, 2017. 5th and A Street
Shelly Davey Dax, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum
Bayne Gardner, 2016. 418 A Street
Esteban Camacho Steffensen, 2016. 149 5th Street
Sarah Bast, 2016. 204 5th Street
Christian Howarth, 2016. By 5th and A Street
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2016. 405 A Street

What is Stormwater?

As our community grows, ground often gets covered up with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, we are disrupting an important part of the water cycle.

Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, in urban areas it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them to our local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful affect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

 Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

To learn more about how you can help prevent water pollution, read this Prevent Stormwater Pollution resource and check out our Clean Water at A Glance factsheets.

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