Sixth Annual Artful Inlets program slated for April

Submission Deadline is Friday, March 15, 2024

The City of Norman, Norman Arts Council and Norman Public Arts Committee have announced plans for the Sixth Annual Artful Inlets Program – an art-based initiative to educate and raise awareness about the importance of local water quality. Artists 18 or older who are residents of Cleveland County are eligible to submit designs for consideration. Installation of artwork will occur on April 11 and 12, 2024.

 “We always look forward to partnering with the arts community for this incredible event,” said Utilities Manager Michele Loudenback. “This year’s theme is, ‘Think Blue, Act Green’ and all locations are within our Blue Neighborhood Pilot Project, which began in August.”

The City of Norman operates and maintains a series of underground pipes, open channels, ditches and roadways used to collect or convey stormwater runoff from homes and businesses to the nearest body of water, such as a creek or lake. In urban areas, stormwater runoff from hard surfaces – such as roofs or driveways – flows along the side of the road until it reaches a storm drain, which is an opening or grate in the curb connected by pipes to the nearest waterbody. Water and other materials that enter these storm drains are transported directly to our creeks and streams without any treatment so community members must be cautious and responsible in protecting our vital water supply from pollutants such as trash, oil, fertilizers and pesticides. Artful Inlets is a creative and engaging way to share the importance of protecting the natural resource of water with community members.

Selected artists will receive stipends when work is installed and sealing is completed. Those interested can submit designs, review submission rules or learn more at Submissions are due by Friday, March 15, 2024. Questions may be directed to the City of Norman’s Division of Environmental Resilience & Sustainability: