Paint-a-Plug Program

The City of DeKalb Citizen’s Community Enhancement Commission (CCEC) is pleased to announce the Paint-a-Plug Program, where community will be permitted to “adopt” a fire hydrant around the City of DeKalb.  Your adoption will give you the opportunity to help turn our fire hydrants into works of art.  There will be no specific theme for the fire hydrants, but artists are encouraged to incorporate different elements of the community or their neighborhood into their art.  There is no cost to apply for this program, but if you are awarded a fire hydrant you will have to provide your own materials for painting. The program is not limited to current DeKalb residents. The City encourages current residents, former Huskies, students and faculty of District 428, employees of DeKalb businesses, or any outside artists to participate.

How the Paint-a-Plug Program works

Step 1: Download an application and design proposal

Step 2: Fill out your application and design proposal and email it to

Step 3: The CCEC and Fire Department will review and notify applicants (with greater detail) of approval or denial.

Step 4: If approved, you will be expected to paint your designated hydrant between April 1 and November 1.

Step 5: When done painting your hydrant, take a picture of your art, email your picture to and share it on social media using #ProudlyDeKalb.

Step 6: Check in on your art throughout the year; if it needs a touch up, please inform the City you will be maintaining your hydrant and do so.