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Posted on: July 22, 2019

Community Art Project Educates about Lagoon Health

Artist Mary Compton painting the storm drain on Michigan Avenue as part of the storm drain community

The City of Cocoa has partnered with local volunteer art group, ArtBeatz Cocoa and local artists to design educational messages using art on storm drains throughout the City. The pieces are a way to attract attention to the storm drains and show that what goes down the drains, goes to the Indian River Lagoon. It is an educational campaign for residents to be more aware of what they put down the storm drains.

The project was started through the City's Public Works Department who reached out to ArtBeatz Cocoa, a volunteer community art group, to help find artists that would be willing to work on this community project. Artists were selected and messaging was developed. Some artists began their pieces on Sunday, July 21st. There are still a few more drains scheduled to be complete throughout the City. A list of locations of those complete so far is below. 

This is the latest in a number of community art projects worked on with the City of Cocoa and ArtBeatz Cocoa. The benches throughout Cocoa Village is an ongoing project started by ArtBeatz Cocoa that allows artists to paint the benches located throughout Cocoa Village. Both groups also worked on creating art to cover some of the electric boxes along major intersections throughout the City of Cocoa. To date close to 20 boxes throughout the City have been wrapped in graffiti resistant vinyl wrap.

Future projects may include more storm drain art, murals and other community art to enhance the beauty of the city!

Storm drain art locations:

1. Florida Avenue and Factory Street (Northwest corner): Artist - Jenn Gallo

Artist Jenn Gallo painting the storm drain at Florida Avenue and Factory St. as part of the storm drArtist Jenn Gallo’s storm drain art at Florida Avenue and Factory St. as part of the storm drain

2. 1800 Block of Indian River Drive: Artist - Vashti Vershoor

Artist Vashti Vershoor painting the storm drain in the 1800 block of Indian River Drive as part of tArtist Vashti Vershoor’s storm drain art on Indian River Dr. as part of the storm drain community

3. Michigan Avenue (In front of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science: Artist - Mary Compton   

Artist Mary Compton painting the storm drain on Michigan Avenue as part of the storm drain communityArtist Mary Compton’s storm drain art on Michigan Avenue as part of the storm drain community art

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