Creative Traffic Flow (CTF) was commissioned by Clean Valley Council (CVC) in Roanoke, Virginia to create a performance piece about the Roanoke River, to be performed at their Earth Summit 2018. The Clean Valley Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to education on stormwater pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources. Currently, the Roanoke River, which runs through Virginia and North Carolina, faces many threats like littering, agricultural practices and construction. Stormwater pollution is also compromising the river’s ecosystem as well as the the river’s course. The new piece aims to strengthen the community’s connection with the river and inspire environmental action to protect the water. Sound design by Nuni Borenstein. Text drawn from interviews with Grace Harwin (Environmental Educator for Clean Valley Council), Danielle DeHart (Environmental Specialist for the City of Roanoke Stormwater Division), Bill Tanger (Chairman of Friends of the Roanoke River), Anita J. McMillan (Planning and Zoning Director for the Town of Vinton), Susan Jennings (Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Roanoke) and Diane M. Stephenson (Native American Water Walker from Surry County).
Voices from the Roanoke River was developed through Works On Water’s Governors Island Residency 2018 and performed at Virginia Western Community College and Clean Valley Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.