June 15, 2022 (Moscow, Idaho) — The City of Moscow announced the opening of the submission period for Storm Drain Mural proposals, Wed. June 15, 2022.
Artists are invited to submit designs for mobile mini-murals on sign stands, to be placed near highly-visible storm drain inlets. This project provides public space for artists to share their two-dimensional artwork with the public, and beautifies street fixtures throughout the community.
Up to two selected artists will install hand-painted murals on City-provided sign blanks to communicate the function of the City’s storm sewer system and its connection to local streams. The murals will be on display for two to four years, and proposals will be accepted via Submittable through Aug. 5, 2022. The submission form is here: https://moscowarts.submittable.com/submit/7ed6e1b4-5868-4713-a0fe-95f66351f250/moscow-public-art-2022-storm-drain-murals. No emailed or physical design submissions will be accepted for this opportunity.
This call is open to youth and adult artists who live in Latah County, Nez Perce County, Asotin County, Whitman County, Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members.
All submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel and a total of two designs will be selected for installation. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $300 upon completion of the artwork.
Like many cities, the City of Moscow’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) flows directly into local waterways, including Paradise Creek. Paradise Creek and the South Fork of the Palouse River are listed as impaired waterbodies by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. In October 2019, the City was issued a Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System MS4 permit by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This permit gives the City legal authority to discharge surface water into our local receiving waters. It also lays out specific requirements that the City of Moscow must meet to maintain compliance with its provisions. As part of one of these requirements, Moscow is required to conduct Public Education and Outreach activities. Stormwater murals are a way to meet portions of this provision in a way that engages the community, aligns with the City’s commitment to the Arts, and supports local artists.
Stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots, and other impervious surface areas, does not go to the Water Reuse & Reclamation Facility for treatment like sanitary sewage does. The water, and whatever it carries, can affect the water quality of our local streams and rivers, as well as those downstream. Things like trash, cigarette butts, sediment, nutrients from fertilizer and dog waste, oil, paint, etc. can degrade water quality and habitat for aquatic life. Successful submissions will be those that address the impact that stormwater has on the ecosystem as well as communicating the shared responsibility to protect precious resources.
More information about this project and the City of Moscow Public Art program is available here: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/218/Public-Art
Public art is at the heart of Moscow’s creative culture, and with a collection including works by local and regional artists, its public spaces reflect the Inland Northwest’s tradition of artistic excellence.
Artworks range from sculptures and murals to framed pieces in the City’s portable collection. Temporary artworks include vinyl-wrapped utility boxes, storm drain murals, and bus shelters as well as sculptures at the Intermodal Transit Center on the University of Idaho campus.
The City of Moscow’s acquisition of public art began in the 1980s, and is supported by a 1% for the Arts fund established by ordinance in 2004. A Public Art Master Plan guides the Moscow Arts Commission, Arts staff, and community members as they incorporate new works into the City’s landscape.
Moscow is rich with diversity of thought, inhabited by minds open to possibility and creative interpretation. As such, the public art program celebrates the artist as a professional and valued business partner while welcoming a broad range of media and art-making processes into its collection.
Story Contact: Megan Cherry, Arts Program Manager