LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Calling all Arkansas artists, you’re wanted to participate in this year’s DrainSmart program. DrainSmart is a program aimed at displaying the link between our waterways and pollution.

Like most cities in the U.S., Little Rock’s municipal storm drains flow directly into our streams, rivers, and lakes. When it rains, stormwater flows over parking lots, lawns, and other surfaces.

Runoff water picks up everything in its path, including grease/oil, sediment, brake dust, antifreeze, fertilizer, litter, and even pet waste. This polluted water travels untreated and unfiltered through storm drains, then into our local waters.

THV11 is a sponsor of the program. Other support for the DrainSmart program is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Interested artists must fill out an application to be considered, as well as a sketch. If you would like to apply, click here. All designs must include the message “Drains to creek” or something similar, depending on the location of the assigned drain. Wildlife featured, if any, should be native to Arkansas.


  • Little Rock Boys & Girls Club- 2 drains
  • Kavanaugh- 2 drains
  • Clinton School- 3 drains
  • Stiff Station- 2 drains
  • Southwest Community Center- 2 drains
  • MacArthur Park- 3 drains
  • Little Rock Zoo Parking Lot- 2 drains
  • Promenade at Chenal- 4 drains


The deadline to apply is March 16. Artists who are chosen will be notified by March 31, then the artists mural deadline is June 4.