published Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Hunter Museum: Organizations gather to create 10-day art and technology festival

City will host Hatch, a new arts festival
Local art community leaders announced a new arts festival called Hatch ­ History Arts Technology Culture Happenings ­ on Tuesday at the Hunter Museum of American Art. The festival run from April 13-22.
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    A family looks out at the Tennessee River from the Hunter Museum of American Art on Tuesday. The family had walked from North Chattanooga across the Walnut Street Bridge to reach the museum.

At least 19 organizations have been working together to create a 10-day festival called HATCH — History Art Technology Culture Happenings — that will take place throughout the city April 13-22, according to Hunter Museum of American Art Executive Director Dan Stetson.

During a press conference held at 10 this morning at the Hunter, Stetson and representatives from the various arts organizations announced the plans that will kick off with the Four Bridges Arts Festival and will incorporate local galleries, studios, visual artists, musicians and performances artists.

Benwood and Lyndhurst foundations are the founding sponsors, according to Stetson.

The festival will be similar in scope to RiverRocks, which showcases the areas outdoor and adventure activities, but will focus and showcase the arts. Some events will be ticketed and many will have no admission fee, Stetson said.

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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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