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2019 Emmaus ​Paint-A-Hydrant​ Program Call for Artists


The Emmaus Arts Commission (EAC) — in partnership with the Borough of Emmaus and the Emmaus Fire Department — is excited to announce our newest public art project, the Emmaus Paint-A-Hydrant Program. Help us enhance Emmaus by beautifying our well-worn town hydrants and showcasing the talent of our community throughout our town.

We are currently seeking applications from interested artists or artist teams. We want to see what your interpretation of what a hydrant can “be.” Perhaps your design would embellish a hydrant with a sense of place and local pride or maybe incorporates the history of our area? Perhaps it reflects the natural world, or make the hydrant stand out via abstract colors and shapes?

We want to see your vision of what a hydrant can be.

Apply today!




  • Participants need not be residents of Emmaus, however all chosen artists must be available to attend the live Kickoff Event on May 18th in Emmaus.
  • All artists must be over the age of 18.


  • All interested applicants can apply online online at Along with the completed form, applicants must include a drawing and description of their proposed design, along with samples of their original artwork, an artist bio.
  • We have identified 10 well-worn hydrants situated along Main Street/Chestnut Street through the central business district of Emmaus as the first set of hydrants to be painted. This is a great opportunity to have your artwork situated right in the center of town!
  • On May 18th, the EAC will host the officially Kickoff Event for the Paint-A-Hydrant Project, at which all participants are expected to begin painting their assigned hydrant as part of the live public art demo event. ​ Attendance and participation in the May 18th Kickoff Event is mandatory for all accepted artists. (​ Hydrants do not need to be completed the same day.)
  • While artists should to provide their own tarps, brushes, and other painting supplies, the paint​ itself will be provided. Please note: it is an acrylic enamel paint suitable for metal surfaces, and includes a gloss finish. Each artist may choose up to 5 colors of paint ahead of the event, which will be mixed and provided by Buss Paint.

Design restrictions

  • Designs must abide by copyright laws; only designs born of applicants’ original artwork will be accepted.
  • Designs may not include business logos and/or any implied commercial endorsement.
  • Designs cannot compromise the visibility of the hydrants for firefighters in an emergency.

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