Digital Original: Local artist mural inspired by son

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A pop of color that has been adding unique art to Little Rock storm drains, has now included neighboring cities for the first time.

The 2019 Drain Smart program will now have six different murals in both North Little Rock and Bryant. 

Making a total of 18 different murals for this years program. 

Arpita Roy Choudhury is one of this year’s local artist. She did her mother nature inspired piece at the Promenade at Chenal. 

“As he is growing up he is seeing his mother is helping nature by the form of art,” says Choudhury. “That inspired me a lot.” 

Dan Scheiman, one of the organizers for the Drain Smart program says the murals give the communities a chance to celebrate local artists while reminding folks about the importance of keeping our streets clean.  

“We’re using public art to teach people not to litter because any litter on the street goes into the storm drains and into the waterway,” says Scheiman

“The program uses public art and environmental education program that uses these murals to communicate the link between street litter, storm drains and water quality,” explains Scheiman. “This hopefully makes people think twice before disposing of anything onto the ground that will eventually end up going down a storm drain.”  

The new drain murals can be found throughout the city. Some are across East Village and more can be found on the Promenade at Chenal.  

Since the start of the drain smart program in 2015, other cities have started similar projects including Hot Springs, Arkadelphia and Pine Bluff. 

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