Inlet Art

Inlet Art Coming to the City of Roanoke

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine what artists could communicate about improving Roanoke’s water quality. Creating Inlet Art will not only draw attention to storm drains "hidden" within the City sidewalks, but will also raise awareness about storm water pollution. Few people realize that litter, trash, and other pollution sources like sediment, bacteria, oils, and yard waste left on City streets wash untreated into the nearest creek, stream, or the Roanoke River. Raising awareness through visual expression has been successfully implemented in other communities and the City believes it will be an effective next step in preventing storm water pollution from entering Roanoke's waterways. The City's Stormwater Utility along with the Roanoke Arts Commission invites artists to submit ideas for this project. There is a $400 honorarium per storm drain with all materials supplied and cash prizes for Peoples Choice awards. 

RFUP 18-04-09 STW Inlet Art Project

Photos of the drains, along with individual dimensions, can be viewed at

Submissions are due by 2 PM Nov. 21, 2017 to

For information contact Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator at or 540-853-5652