Painted Rain Barrel Project: Conservation and Creativity

Aside from our recent NBA championship victory, there is another reason to celebrate this summer in northeast Ohio. As a lakeside resident, this is my favorite time of year to enjoy easy access to clean beaches and beautiful sunsets on the shores of Lake Erie. One of the reasons they are so beautiful is our passionate advocates for water conservation, and today I’d like to introduce you to one organization that offers a unique way for anyone to help preserve this amazing natural resource.rain barrels

The Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project keeps our lake clean by reducing surface pollution from our waterways with rain barrels. They collect rain water that would overwhelm our storm drains, but instead are recycled to water our gardens or wash our cars. And these aren’t just regular rain barrels. The worlds of sustainability and creativity collide on these beautiful canvases inspired by nature and painted by local artists!

Tax-deductible donations made to the Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project are used to fund educational workshops, purchase art supplies and hire more local artists-which stimulates the economy. What an awesome way to support our Great Lake and our artists, both local treasures!

Learn more about this incredible project and how you can support the cause, create your own, or purchase a painted barrel at

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