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River Friendly Education and Awareness Campaign – Rain Barrel Project



The Cummer is proud to partner with the St. Johns RIVERKEEPER on a recently launched river friendly education campaign to raise awareness about the impact of our actions upon the health of the St Johns River and to inform and inspire people to adopt river-friendly lifestyle practices. The goal of the River Friendly Education and Awareness Campaign is to provide the public with informative resources and tools that will help them make more informed choices to better protect their St. Johns River.

One of the central components of the River Friendly Campaign is the Rain Barrel Project. Partnering businesses, schools, and organizations in northeast Florida are displaying artistically-designed rain barrels to help raise awareness about conserving water and how to be river friendly.    The Cummer has placed a rain barrel in front of our beautiful historical gardens, which are situated on the St. Johns River.  Come view our rain barrel and take the pledge to protect the St. Johns River.

Second through fourth grade artists collaborated to create the rain barrel, “Rain That Shines” for the St. John’s Riverkeeper project.  The young artists gather each Tuesday afternoon at the studio of Tayloe White where they use various art mediums to explore the intersection of art and science.  “My goal is to encourage exploration and innovative thinking through experimentation with art,” said painter Tayloe White.  “This project provided an opportunity for these innovative thinkers to learn that making art is more than painting a pretty picture. Their creative work has the power to inform, inspire, and invite curiosity.”

Find out more about how you can help YOUR river.

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