Flood Art Exhibition on 1-Year Anniversary

Flood night art exhibition at Tapps

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Following the historic flood in October 2015, Columbia-based artists began expressing their experiences with the natural disaster through their work. 

Now one year later, an exhibition of those flood related works will be up for public display at the Tapps Art Center in downtown Columbia. 

The Jasper Project out of Columbia helped to organize the event. Their Executive Director Cindi Boiter hopes the exhibition can help the community heal from the trauma of the unprecedented weather event. 

"Artists process history in such an intimate way, and when we see the way artists process it, it can touch something within us," she said. "A lot of times you have to touch that place within you, in order to feel that pain and heal from it."

Boiter said art can be cathartic in that way, awakening emotions that may lie under the surface.  

"There are things about trauma, the trauma that our community experienced, that we'll never be able to realize if we just look at the inches of rain that we got or the numbers in terms of a monetary damage," she said. "There are things that you won't even realize you felt until you read about them or see them in a painting."

The event is being held from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th, the one-year anniversary of the flood. 

It will feature works from painters, dancers, poets, filmmakers and more. 

Tickets start at $15 and part of the proceeds will go to the One SC Flood relief fund. 


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