While art can be found almost anywhere, the city's focus on the arts has largely been centered downtown. That focus would appear to be growing.
While arts continue to be a driving force from the North Shore to the Southside, public art is being introduced to surrounding neighborhoods. ArtsBuild, formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, recently awarded 23 grants of up to $6,000 to nontraditional recipients as part of its Community Cultural Connections program.
In addition, Public Art Chattanooga, a city initiative that is overseen by a citizen committee appointed by the mayor, manages a collection of more than 100 permanent and 42 temporary works of art that are placed throughout the city.
Additional programs include a Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Art on Main, On the Fence and Art in the Neighborhoods. The latter, according to Public Art Chattanooga's website, provides grants to neighborhoods to place art into their communities.
Several neighborhood groups are taking cues from the Southside revitalization, which is due in large part to the arts. Both the Brainerd Road Arts District and the Glass Farms Historic District, for example, are working to attract artists and creatives in hopes of pumping new life into those areas.
Contact staff writer Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6354.