Art 120 and The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is bringing a unique art car to town just in time for the holidays. Dubbed The “World’s Largest Motorized Radio Flyer Wagon,” the 11-passenger red wagon was transformed from the chassis of a 1987 ambulance by retired vocational arts teacher, Ted Mangum.
Mr. Mangum’s wagon arrives Thursday, and will be in town for few days, visiting a few Hamilton County elementary schools as part of Art 120’s in-school field trip program.
Their goal is to reach as many of the 29 elementary schools without an art program as possible.
“Basically, it’s all about A.R.T.- Awareness, Reaching, and Teaching,” said Kate Warren, executive director for Art 120. “Art teaches children to think for themselves, boosts self esteem, and instills confidence. It’s no surprise that the six Hamilton County schools recognized by the state for having the highest overall achievement on their TCAP tests also have a full time art program.”
In April 2013, Art 120 brought 14 artists from across the country to share their creative contraptions with over 2600 children for the Art-Car-A-Van. Known as art cars, these mobile creations come in all forms: bikes, trucks, and even wagons. During the visit, artists provide experiential learning opportunities on subjects such as recycling, craftsmanship, design, theme, and story. Because their art is mobile, they can reach schools that lack the logistical support for field trips or art classes.