Thanks to the generous support of local artists and approximately 175 event attendees, over $1,700 was raised at Roll Out the Barrels 2019 to promote environmental education in Athens-Clarke County through the Green Schools Program. View photos from the event here.
The event is organized annually by the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program and Water Conservation Office, but there are many other people involved that help make this event a success year after year. Thanks to Athens Paint and Body for sealing the completed barrels with a shiny clear coat, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful for taking barrel payments, The Foundry for providing their space and delicious appetizers, and local band CRUSH for providing the evening’s entertainment. And of course, thanks to all of the amazing artists who donated their time and creativity: And of course, thanks to all of the amazing artists who donated their time and
creativity: Courtney Brown, Jamie Calkin, Sarah Cook, Cameron Bliss Ferrelle, Nat Freeman, Lou Kregel, Deborah Manoll, Micah Miranda, Maria Mueller, Marisa Leilani Mustard, the Raessler Family, Lorenza Chico Rozier, Julia Wynn Safer, Maggie Seee, Bembry Smith, and Joan Terrell.
Check back in January or February for information about Roll Out the Barrels 2020!
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.