In 2005, Jay Nelson and Jimmy Rhoades founded Nice Work Productions, bringing together more than 40 combined years of professional television production experience. They wanted to bring Legacies to life, but it simply wasn’t a commercial project. Then in 2007, while heading up the Animation and Digital Media Department at Detroit’s College of Creative Studies, Jay allowed his outgoing seniors to vote on their final Practicum project; the students chose Legacies.

Finally, a vision that existed on paper brought together flesh and blood students and seniors—and the outcome exceeded all expectations.

After witnessing the impact that first experience had on students and seniors alike, Jay and Jimmy founded the non-profit Nice Work Public Media in order to raise funds and expand the project to more schools and elder communities.