Just two weeks after issuing our annual report last year, our city was hit by the devastating flood that left so many of us without homes, electricity or water. In the following days when we all stepped up to help our neighbors, the Nick staff jumped into action, sharing our stocks of bottled water and even setting up a temporary screening room for children at a local shelter. Soon after that, the staff made the bold decision to be an even larger part of the flood response by changing the theme of Indie Grits. As a result, this past April, the organization brought together an incredible group of diverse artists who created powerful work that helped us understand what we as a community had experienced. Culminating in stunning outdoor concerts at the riverfront space, the festival more than ever demonstrated how art can bring people together and strengthen community.
It is this kind of work that makes our board service so meaningful. As the Nick continues to grow at a dramatic pace, we are so proud to support the organization and its hard working staff. As we now make the transition to new board leadership with John Boyd stepping in as chair this October, we want to thank all of you for helping us make all of this possible.
The days after the October 4th flood the Nickelodeon contributed to immediate relief efforts by donating bottled water and concessions items.
Nick staff also set up a mobile theater for displaced children and families at the St. Andrews Middle School temporary shelter.