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2016 Rain Barrel Art Contest

For the second year, Project Front Yard is hosting a rain barrel public art contest with Lafayette Parish schools in partnership with Lafayette Utilities System and Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Environmental Quality Division.

This year’s painted rain barrels have been designed by local middle school students and will be unveiled and displayed for public voting during 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on February 13 in the lobby of Chase Towers located at 600 Jefferson Street in Downtown Lafayette.

Students from Ascension, Carencro Middle, Cathedral-Carmel, Edgar Martin, L. Leo Judice, L.J. Alleman, Scott Middle, St. Pius and Youngsville Middle Schools are participating in the competition.

The Rain Barrel Art Project is an initiative which helps to educate students and the general public on water conservation and storm water management of the Bayou Vermilion Watershed, while also promoting public art.

Rain barrels are containers that are used to collect and store rainwater from rooftops. The water collected is used later for watering lawns, gardens or for other outdoor uses. According to Scott Middle School teacher Helen Umstead, “this type of project has real-world applications for the students. Kids will think about different ways to provide for their personal needs, and recognize that needs aren't always the same as 'wants'.”

Ms. Umstead is glad to partner with Project Front Yard and the Rain Barrel Art Project saying “these are both terrific programs, and the way they've been implemented has given me fun formats in which to participate and introduce environmentally-conscious concepts in school.”

In an effort to promote a more beautiful Lafayette, Project Front Yard partnered with Lafayette Utilities System and asked local high schools to participate in public art contest using rain barrels.

These painted rain barrels are being used help educate the public about water conservation and storm water management of the Bayou Vermilion Watershed.  Rain barrels are containers that are used to collect and store rainwater from rooftops. The water collected is used later for watering your lawn, garden or for other outdoor uses. For more information on rain barrels, please visit www.lus.org.

For more information on rain barrels visit http://www.lafayettela.gov/PublicWorks/Pages/Rain-Barrel-Program.aspx

2015 Rain Barrel Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners as well as everyone who participated! Every rain barrel submitted had such unique and creative elements that set each in its own distinct category, making it a very difficult choice for the voters to choose one over the other. You are all winners in our yard!​

First Place and Mayor's Choice: STM

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Second Place: Lafayette High

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3rd Place: Lafayette High Community & Vocational Class

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Thank you to the 2015 participating Schools:  Acadiana, Comeaux, David Thibodeaux STEM, Lafayette High, Saint Thomas More, Teurlings.

Vote on Your Favorite Painted Rain Barrel!