Rising Above Our Flooding Streets: Art & Science Extravaganza

May 20, 2017 at BoomTown, Charleston, SC.

Presented by:

Cultivate SciArt, Enough Pie, and 65+ scientists, artists, civic and community leaders

With support from:

S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control, Coastal Conservation League, and BoomTown!

Charleston is at a crossroads. Flooded streets and rising waters affect us more and more. By 2045, Charleston will experience sunny day tidal flooding 180 days out of the year — averaging every other day (2015 Charleston Sea Level Rise Strategy, City of Charleston). The decisions and actions we take NOW as residents of the Lowcountry are critical to our future. This event -- part of Enough Pie's AWAKENING V: King Tide -- brought the community together for an afternoon of lightning talks, hands-on science and art experiences, live performances, science demonstrations, and community conversations. If you missed it, now is your chance to watch & learn!

Click on the photos below to link directly to 5 minute "lightning talk" videos.


Becoming Flood-Resilient Citizen Scientists

Kierria & Tonisha, Charleston Development Academy

These 8th grade students explain how they became flood-resilient citizen scientists through a participatory action research project with Dr. Merrie Koester and the USC Center for Science Education, and how you can to!

King Tide Conundrum - What Causes Sunny Day Flooding?

Zach Prouz, College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Student

Ever wonder what King Tide means? To enact change it is important to first understand what causes the problem. Zach breaks down the physics for all ages.

Water, Water Everywhere - How Much Worse Can It Get?

Doug Marcy, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

As a coastal hazards specialist, Doug's job is to assess risks. Here he looks to the future and explains projections for sea level rise in the next 30 - 100 years.

Mother Earth Versus Humans: We Are In This Together

Dr. Bobbie Lyon of CULTIVATE & College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Program 

Bobbie gives a global overview of climate change, Earth's warming patterns and reminds us that we are all in this together!

Lowcountry on the Edge

Victoria Smalls, Director of History, Arts & Culture at the Penn Center

Victoria explains how the Gullah-Geechee community of St. Helena and sea-islands throughout the Southeast have lived in communion with the environment for hundreds of years, and shares how these communities are now being impacted by sea level rise.


Living with Water: Planning for the Charleston Region's Future

Dan Burger, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control, Ocean & Coastal Resource Management

The future of flooding in Charleston is explained by DHEC's Dan Burger, who offers a global perspective and potential solutions to our local issues.

What is Being Done in Charleston

Mark Wilbert, Chief Resilience Officer and Emergency Management Director, City of Charleston

Charleston's steps for current and future sea level rise abatement are explained by our newly appointed Chief Resiliency Officer.

Staying Safe as the Water Rises

Jared Smith, BoomTown & @CHSWX

Charleston weather enthusiast and BoomTown employee Jared Smith offers very concrete ground rules for severe weather and flooding.

Community Knowledge Capacity Building

Albert George, South Carolina Aquarium Director of Conservation

Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education (RICE) Using South Carolina's heritage of land-water hydrology engineering like rice farming can help us understand solutions for our future.


A Community Narrative on Environmental Justice: Community Resilience and Climate Change

Omar Muhammad, Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities

Rising tides are an environmental justice concern. Cumulative impacts on low income communities are explained. 

Thinking About Transportation Differently

Mike Seekings, Charleston City Councilman

A change in transportation infrastructure can enact larger changes in global warming. 

Go Green, Healthy & Local via Urban Community Gardens

Germaine Jenkins, CEO of Fresh Future Farms

Local food activist & farmer Germaine Jenkins draws connections between food justice, environmental justice, and flooding in Charleston. 

The Power of Collective Action

Jennifer Saunders, College of Charleston, Environmental Studies Adjunct & In Place Impact Coordinator

Utilizing collective action is an untapped resource in the fight against climate change. Jennifer explains our power in numbers to make large impacts.

Envisioning Our Grandchildren's Future

Carolee Williams, City of Charleston Office of Planning, Preservation, & Sustainability

Take a journey to the future of our flooded planet with a guided meditation that envisions buildings, cars, and human's place on the planet.

Participants also explored sea, marsh & city ecosystems

through hands-on science, art, community resources & small-group discussions


Live Plankton: Diversity & Biological Carbon Cycle - Grice Marine Lab & friends

From a Drop of Seawater - Cultivate & Bowdoin College Marine Science Students

Live Marine Critters - Grice Marine Lab & friends

What is a Greenhouse Gas? - Grice Marine Lab & friends

Carrying Our Carbon Weight - College of Charleston & DNR 

Wade In the Water - Antarctic Photographic Experience by John Duckworth


Earth, Moon, Sun & Tides w/ hula hoops - Grice Marine Lab & friends

Estuary Pollution & Solutions - Charleston Waterkeepers

Oyster Bed Restoration - S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, SCORE

Spartina: Nature’s Sponge & Brita - Ashley Hall 4th grade

Save Our Creek Photo Montage:  Charleston Development Academy & USC Center for Science Education

How to Advocate for Change - Coastal Conservation League

Stewards of Shorebirds & Swamps - SC Audubon Society