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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
2. 1800 Block of Indian River Drive: Artist - Vashti Vershoor
3. Michigan Avenue (In front of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science: Artist - Mary Compton