The County’s Stormwater Management Division is seeking artists to illustrate “Tessa’s Tale,” the children’s story of a fish whose adventures teach a lesson about stormwater pollution.
The activity book, written by a Stormwater Management employee in partnership with the City of Columbia’s Water Division, explores different scenarios involving water quality in a local waterway. When completed, the book will include six original illustrations and be distributed as an educational resource for school-age children.
“We’re excited about having another opportunity to get the community involved in our outreach programs in a way that has a wide reach,” said Chenille Williams, education program coordinator for Stormwater Management. “ ‘Tessa’s Tale‘ was a joy to write, and I hope it has an impact on the lives of our budding environmentalists.”
Artists versed in digital or traditional media (e.g., paint, charcoal, pencils) are encouraged to apply for the commission, and the call is open to individual artists or teams. The artist(s) chosen for the commission will receive compensation.
Illustrations for the book should be geared toward children ages 7-12. Images that specifically reference the wildlife and waterways of the South Carolina Midlands are preferred. Artists have until Oct. 22 to apply.
“We all connect through stories and pictures, and this project is an imaginative and exciting way to engage young people as they learn more about how water moves through our land and communities,” said County Councilmember Allison Terracio, District 5. “We are growing the next generation of conservationists.”
Those interested in applying should visit the County’s website: www.richlandcountysc.gov, and navigate to the Education tab on Stormwater Management’s page to learn more about qualifications, compensation and the selection process.