Between now and July 22, the City of Springfield is looking for artists of all ages and from any location to apply for our summer mural-painting project, UpStream Art. Are you an artist who paints? Do you can about community and the environment? This is the project for you!

Up to five artists will be selected to participate and compensated $1,000 each for painting sidewalk murals next to the Willamalane Adult Activity Center this September.

These murals increase awareness of the connection between City streets and local waterways, with the goal of inspiring community members to do their part in preventing pollutants from entering neighborhood storm drains. This is important because, as rain washes over hard surfaces, it collects contaminants such as weed killers, vehicle fluids, bacteria from pet waste, soaps from car washing, litter, and more. These pollutants flow into storm drains and out to the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, harming the waterways we all enjoy.

Please consider applying to participate in this creative opportunity for our community and to help the environment!

Every summer since 2016, the City of Springfield has commissioned artists to use their creativity and decorate our storm drains and walkways with these beneficial messages. Currently there are 21 UpStream Art murals which are located in downtown Springfield near City Hall, the Public House, the Springfield Justice Center, and the Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path.

For more information, visit our UpStream Art page.