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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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Passionate Local Dance Instructors – CityScope Magazine

Genesis the Greykid painting

From Palette to Plate – CityScope Magazine

Inspiring Creativity and Engaging the Community

A number of talented artists and performers, along with the city’s most innovative institutions, are helping to put Chattanooga’s burgeoning arts scene on the map. Creatives of all types have the opportunity to grow and develop within Chattanooga’s diverse artistic communities, and avid art enthusiasts are eager to soak up all that the Scenic City has to offer.

From groundbreaking performances to buzzworthy exhibits, outdoor installations, local galleries, art festivals, and more, Chattanooga’s arts scene is vibrant and varied. An epicenter of both experimental and time-honored art, the Hunter Museum of American Art houses an impressive collection of American works spanning from the Colonial period to present day. Comprised of three separate buildings erected in 1904, 1975, and 2005, the Hunter additionally represents 100 years of architecture.

Fans of performance art will enjoy concerts from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. With a season that lasts from September to May, the symphonic and opera organization provides the community with dozens of concerts showcasing a variety of musical genres each year. Performance art is also cultivated at the Chattanooga Ballet, which is lauded as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations. 

Nationally and internationally acclaimed touring and local performances alike grace the Tivoli Foundation’s stages, including the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and Walker Theatre. Broadway at the Tivoli, the Bobby Stone Film Series, and a host of live shows ranging from musical groups to comedians all draw crowds to these venues, and the Tivoli Theatre is even slated to begin a $42 million expansion in the fall of 2021. Every April, 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 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 leads 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. Another longstanding organization, the Southern Lit Alliance, connects individuals and communities with the uplifting power of the 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, and 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.

Diversity is celebrated and encouraged through the arts. Culture Fest is held each year and offers attendees a taste of different cultures through food, dance, art, and fashion. The Southside Stroll hosts a variety of events and open houses to highlight local talent, and 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.

Did you know?

The Hunter Museum of American Art’s Sculpture Garden is made up of 16 on-site sculptures in addition to several locations around the city of Chattanooga. The collection includes works by artists Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Tom Otterness, and George Segal.

Inspiring Creativity and Engaging the Community

A number of talented artists and performers, along with the city’s most innovative institutions, are helping to put Chattanooga’s burgeoning arts scene on the map. Creatives of all types have the opportunity to grow and develop within Chattanooga’s diverse artistic communities, and avid art enthusiasts are eager to soak up all that the Scenic City has to offer.

From groundbreaking performances to buzzworthy exhibits, outdoor installations, local galleries, art festivals, and more, Chattanooga’s arts scene is vibrant and varied. An epicenter of both experimental and time-honored art, the Hunter Museum of American Art houses an impressive collection of American works spanning from the Colonial period to present day. Comprised of three separate buildings erected in 1904, 1975, and 2005, the Hunter additionally represents 100 years of architecture.

Fans of performance art will enjoy concerts from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. With a season that lasts from September to May, the symphonic and opera organization provides the community with dozens of concerts showcasing a variety of musical genres each year. Performance art is also cultivated at the Chattanooga Ballet, which is lauded as one of Tennessee’s premier dance organizations. 

Nationally and internationally acclaimed touring and local performances alike grace the Tivoli Foundation’s stages, including the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and Walker Theatre. Broadway at the Tivoli, the Bobby Stone Film Series, and a host of live shows ranging from musical groups to comedians all draw crowds to these venues, and the Tivoli Theatre is even slated to begin a $42 million expansion in the fall of 2021. Every April, 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 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 leads 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. Another longstanding organization, the Southern Lit Alliance, connects individuals and communities with the uplifting power of the 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, and 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.

Diversity is celebrated and encouraged through the arts. Culture Fest is held each year and offers attendees a taste of different cultures through food, dance, art, and fashion. The Southside Stroll hosts a variety of events and open houses to highlight local talent, and 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.

Did you know?

The Hunter Museum of American Art’s Sculpture Garden is made up of 16 on-site sculptures in addition to several locations around the city of Chattanooga. The collection includes works by artists Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Tom Otterness, and George Segal.

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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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