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Storm Drain Art Contest

What is the Storm Drain Art Contest?

As an extension of our River in Our Backyard exhibit, MDM, in collaboration with Bangor Area Stormwater Group, is launching a contest for local children to design a mural to be painted on the sidewalk around the storm drain in front of MDM on Main Street. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness of watershed health and inform the public about the connections between storm drains and the Penobscot River.

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Why paint storm drains?

Pollutants such as litter, pet waste, chemicals, and sediment are washed into storm drains and end up directly in the Penobscot River and other bodies of water, disrupting the sensitive aquatic ecosystems. The storm drain mural serves to beautify Downtown and raise awareness of how we can all reduce the presence of litter and other pollutants in our waterways.​

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How do I learn more and enter?

The storm drain art contest is open to any K-12 student in Maine. Honorable mentions will be given for the categories of Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. One overall winner will have their design recreated as a mural next to the storm drain outside of MDM on Main Street. 

Please see the full guidelines and entry form below. 

Submissions are due by 4:30pm on May 26, 2024!

If you have questions about the Storm Drain Art Contest, please email Kim Stewart at

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