Last October’s flood was trying on so many levels: homes were destroyed, lives were lost, and we went days without water and power.
In the aftermath, the Nick staff felt restless. We’d made a point over the years of pushing artists and our creative community as great problem solvers and yet we struggled to understand how we, as a media arts organization, could play a meaningful role in the recovery effort. After several days, the idea hit us and Waterlines was born.
Under the leadership of the Nick’s Managing Director Seth Gadsden, a group of over a dozen artists started meeting monthly, hearing from journalists, activists and flood victims, to get a sense of what happened and where we needed to go. Thanks to support from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and others, we were then able to commission work from these artists that tells the stories of the flood in beautiful, haunting and moving ways.
The final step in the process is the website we’re launching today, where you can experience all of the work we premiered at last year’s Indie Grits. The Waterlines website is an important archive of voices, images, and sounds that insures our stories won’t be lost or forgotten.
– Andy Smith, Indie Grits Co-Director
Nickelodeon Executive Director