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Spirit of Main Street Mural by Shaun LaRose; Photo Courtesy of Public Art Chattanooga

The Culture of Street Art in Chattanooga

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New Murals Take the Scenic City by Storm

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Chattanooga Neighborhood Arts Partnership

Inspiring Creativity and Engaging the Community

Over the years, the Scenic City has blossomed into a major hub for the arts. Numerous performers, artists, and innovative institutions have helped put Chattanooga on the radars of creatives and art connoisseurs everywhere. There are countless opportunities for the artistically inclined to nurture their craft within the city’s diverse artistic communities. For those who delight in the consumption of art, a bevy of performance halls, festivals, galleries, museums, and theaters await.

An epicenter of both contemporary and time-honored art, the Hunter Museum of American Art houses an impressive collection of works spanning from the Colonial period to present day. Comprised of three separate buildings erected in 1905, 1975, and 2005, the Hunter additionally represents 100 years of architecture.

For those who enjoy performance art, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera provides the community with dozens of concerts showcasing a variety of musical genres each year. Performance art is also cultivated at the Chattanooga Ballet Company and School, which is lauded as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations. The company has been offering quality performances for four decades. 

The Tivoli Foundation’s stages, including the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and Walker Theatre, play host to a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed touring and local performances. Each year, crowds gather for Broadway at the Tivoli, the Bobby Stone Film Series, and a host of live shows ranging from musical groups to comedians. Every summer, the Chattanooga Film Festival celebrates the art of cinema with feature and short films, as well as panels, workshops, and parties.

Several local organizations and nonprofits support arts education in the area. One such organization is Public Art Chattanooga, established by the City of Chattanooga to transform downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods with a permanent outdoor public art collection. The collection includes more than 100 indoor and outdoor works of art that are placed throughout the city. The 33-acre Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is also supported by the city and is currently home to more than 40 large-scale sculptures by internationally renowned sculptors.

Founded in 1969, nonprofit ArtsBuild supports local art organizations and the advancement of artistic culture in Chattanooga. By launching the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute in 2005, the nonprofit is able to prepare leaders for roles within arts organizations. Chattanooga Neighborhood Arts Partnership (ChattaNAP) seeks to improve the quality of life for Chattanooga and Hamilton County residents through the arts. ChattaNAP is involved in a variety of programs and projects like creating online resources for artists and putting on multi-day arts festivals.

Another longstanding organization, the Southern Lit Alliance, connects individuals and communities with the uplifting power of literary arts. SouthWord, a literary festival bringing together poets, playwrights, and fiction and nonfiction writers, is just one of several events the organization hosts annually. The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) also helps advance the arts community by supporting professional and emerging artists. In addition to maintaining a gallery on Frazier Avenue, the AVA puts on the 4 Bridges Arts Festival each year. The HART Gallery is a creative home for underserved artists, and Glass House Collective connects artists and citizens to collaborate on projects for the benefit of their communities.

Art connoisseurs can also take advantage of neighborhood offerings; both Northshore and the Southside boast a unique collection of art galleries, antique stores, and craft shops. Northshore’s Chattanooga Theatre Centre is one of the oldest and largest community theaters in the nation. Across the river, Bluff View Art District features the River Gallery and its award-winning sculpture garden, locally owned restaurants, and a bakery. Nearby, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts houses a gorgeous collection of glass, ceramics, textiles, and more. 

The celebration of diversity is fundamental to the Scenic City’s arts community. The annual Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas celebrates Juneteenth through contributions from artists of African descent. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates and educates visitors on African American heritage. Other events throughout the year showcase German, Latino, Native American, and Southern heritage.

Inspiring Creativity and Engaging the Community

Over the years, the Scenic City has blossomed into a major hub for the arts. Numerous performers, artists, and innovative institutions have helped put Chattanooga on the radars of creatives and art connoisseurs everywhere. There are countless opportunities for the artistically inclined to nurture their craft within the city’s diverse artistic communities. For those who delight in the consumption of art, a bevy of performance halls, festivals, galleries, museums, and theaters await.

An epicenter of both contemporary and time-honored art, the Hunter Museum of American Art houses an impressive collection of works spanning from the Colonial period to present day. Comprised of three separate buildings erected in 1905, 1975, and 2005, the Hunter additionally represents 100 years of architecture. 

For those who enjoy performance art, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera provides the community with dozens of concerts showcasing a variety of musical genres each year. Performance art is also cultivated at the Chattanooga Ballet Company and School, which is lauded as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations. The company has been offering quality performances for four decades.  

The Tivoli Foundation’s stages, including the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and Walker Theatre, play host to a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed touring and local performances. Each year, crowds gather for Broadway at the Tivoli, the Bobby Stone Film Series, and a host of live shows ranging from musical groups to comedians. Every summer, the Chattanooga Film Festival celebrates the art of cinema with feature and short films, as well as panels, workshops, and parties.

Several local organizations and nonprofits support arts education in the area. One such organization is Public Art Chattanooga, established by the City of Chattanooga to transform downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods with a permanent outdoor public art collection. The collection includes more than 100 indoor and outdoor works of art that are placed throughout the city. The 33-acre Sculpture Fields at Montague Park is also supported by the city and is currently home to more than 40 large-scale sculptures by internationally renowned sculptors. 

Founded in 1969, nonprofit ArtsBuild supports local art organizations and the advancement of artistic culture in Chattanooga. By launching the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute in 2005, the nonprofit is able to prepare leaders for roles within arts organizations. Chattanooga Neighborhood Arts Partnership (ChattaNAP) seeks to improve the quality of life for Chattanooga and Hamilton County residents through the arts. ChattaNAP is involved in a variety of programs and projects like creating online resources for artists and putting on multi-day arts festivals. 

Another longstanding organization, the Southern Lit Alliance, connects individuals and communities with the uplifting power of literary arts. SouthWord, a literary festival bringing together poets, playwrights, and fiction and nonfiction writers, is just one of several events the organization hosts annually. The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) also helps advance the arts community by supporting professional and emerging artists. In addition to maintaining a gallery on Frazier Avenue, the AVA puts on the 4 Bridges Arts Festival each year. The HART Gallery is a creative home for underserved artists, and Glass House Collective connects artists and citizens to collaborate on projects for the benefit of their communities.

Art connoisseurs can also take advantage of neighborhood offerings; both Northshore and the Southside boast a unique collection of art galleries, antique stores, and craft shops. Northshore’s Chattanooga Theatre Centre is one of the oldest and largest community theaters in the nation. Across the river, Bluff View Art District features the River Gallery and its award-winning sculpture garden, locally owned restaurants, and a bakery. Nearby, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts houses a gorgeous collection of glass, ceramics, textiles, and more.  

The celebration of diversity is fundamental to the Scenic City’s arts community. The annual Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas celebrates Juneteenth through contributions from artists of African descent. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates and educates visitors on African American heritage. Other events throughout the year showcase German, Latino, Native American, and Southern heritage.

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Hunter Museum

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Mary Poppins Production at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

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Bessie Smith Cultural Center

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