Big Idea Turns into Big Collaboration
Kate Myers' Independent Project Attracts Regional Interest
Funding for this project provided
by IUP ArtsPath and the Apollo-Ridge
Education Foundation with technical support from Armstrong Conservation District and Allegheny Ridge Corporation.
Kate Myers (2022) had an idea for her Independent Project. She envisioned painting murals around Apollo Borough's storm drains to bring to the public's attention the impact they have on the Kiskiminetas River.
Next stop - Education Foundation
After discussing the project with Danielle White, Kate's Gifted Support Teacher, the Education Foundation suggested that the project become an artist residency through IUP's ArtsPath program.
Wilke demonstrates painting techniques the students will use.
Kate Myers, Bernie Wilke, Art Teacher Dan Barrett, and Allegheny Ridge's Laura Hawkins map out the mural locations.
A call from Allegheny Ridge Corporation
Laura Hawkins reached out to the Education Foundation on behalf of the Armstrong Conservation District. The District was looking for communities who might be interested in using murals around storm drains to educate the public on their impact on the local rivers.
Armstrong Conservation District visits the art room
Holly Laird, Maria Sorce, and Kodie Rearick spent a morning with the students explaining how storm drains work and offered suggestions anyone can do to protect our waterways.
Holly, Maria, and Kodie explained the effects of storm water runoff.
Apollo-Ridge students adding their touch to a sample mural at May Daze in Owens Grove.
The project was on display at May Daze
Kate presented her idea to Apollo Borough Council and the Roaring Run Watershed Association to gain their permission for the project. In addition to the storm drain murals, similar murals will be placed on the section of the bike trail that passes beside the Apollo Plaza.