Identifying the Scientific Data

We highly recommend beginning your research as soon as possible. The data will provide the information needed to determine the line that will be marked. You will also then be able to share what you learn, including maps, while you are out meeting people in the early stages of community …

Creating a Team

While it is possible to do a HighWaterLine as an individual, collaborating with other people, starting with the creation of a core team, will result in a stronger and more robust project. Creating a team early on will help you conquer the diverse tasks needed to realize the project. There …

When to Mark the Line

It’s also good to consider what might be happening around the date you want to realize your HighWaterLine. Having a timeline with space for planning and foresight allows you to place the demarcation of the line at an appropriate time. Some suggestions include: Choose a time of year which will …

Plan Your Workshops

Workshops are important for your core team and the community to collectively decide the path of the line, learn about solutions that can be shared with the greater community, and forging unity among the group drawing the line. Face to face meetings also create safe spaces for communicating difficult issues and …

Permits & Permission

This artwork is created in a public space, therefore, it may be necessary to secure permits where and when required, from the town, city or municipality to create the line. Although not required, it’s also helpful to inform key community leaders that you will be creating this art piece. In …

Walk the Line(s)

Well before you mark your actual HighWaterLine, it’s helpful to walk the potential route(s) you would like to demarcate. This will allow you to meet the people who live along the line as well as invite them to participate. It is also an opportunity to observe everything you will be …

Workshop – Storytelling to Build Trust

Beginning the workshop series with one in which people share their personal stories with one another forges connectivity amongst core participants. For both Miami and Bristol, the first workshop that was held amongst core participants was sharing their stories via the Marshall Ganz method. These storytelling workshops built trust and …

Workshop – Translating Science into Art

In this workshop you will translate the scientific data into the actual route to be marked. Engaging community members in this workshop is critical in building consensus about the ultimate route you’ll be marking. Having a scientist participate in this workshop is helpful but not essential. At this workshop you …

Workshop – Solutions

The HighWaterLine has the potential to create a spark of awareness as you demarcate the line. For some, seeing places they cherish, whether it be their homes, places of worship or community centers threatened by flooding, can be startling and potentially depressing and debilitating. Optimize this unique window of education …

Workshop – Parents & Children

For Bristol, Isobel created an original workshop designed for children living in flood zones. Using very inexpensive materials, she constructed a fun interactive water artwork that allowed children to appreciate how water flows. This workshop also provided an opportunity to engage parents participating HighWaterLine who couldn’t attend the evening meetings …