New Nonprofit Offers Classes That Stimulate Both Left And Right Brain

Monday, February 17, 2014

New and local nonprofit, The Chattery, offers a variety of "fun, affordable and accessible" classes throughout Chattanooga.  The Chattery’s classes will stimulate both the left and right brain by offering classes ranging from mixology and financial planning to sign language and calligraphy.

Inspired by the education opportunities available in cities like Nashville and Brooklyn, The Chattery provides a chance for adults to discover topics they’re passionate about while continuing education in a fun environment.  Though The Chattery’s main area of service will be classes, they will also provide an assortment of workshops, lecture series and events.  The Chattery will also partner with other businesses and organizations to continue fulfilling their mission.   

“Our classes are community-driven," said Jennifer Holder, operations headmaster at The Chattery.  "When developing the concept for The Chattery, we wanted to be sure it involved getting suggestions from our awesome community.  Our website is designed to encourage visitors to tell us what they’d like to learn or what they’d like to teach.  We are essentially providing classes for the community, taught by the community. 

Operating under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, The Chattery has partnered with the Flying Squirrel for its first fundraising endeavor.  Flying Squirrel will donate 10 percent of their sales to The Chattery’s mission of providing fun, affordable and accessible classes to the community on Wednesday.   

The Chattery’s first right brain class will be a "fun and creative session" on the basics of building Mason jar terrariums, which will be taught by the founder of Planted Pots, Laura Freeman.  The class will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m. at Chattanooga Workspace, at 302 W. 6th St., across from the downtown YMCA.  The first left brain class will be a lesson in American Sign Language by Ethan Pope. The class will be offered on Thursday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. at Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, 1301 Market St., Suite 100.

To sign up for classes or to learn more about The Chattery visit www.thechattery.org.

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