3rd Annual Scenic City Art Car Weekend Is April 4-6

Monday, March 24, 2014

In April, 20 artists from across the country will be heading to Chattanooga for the most creative caravan and free public art event this side of the Mississippi. The Scenic City Art Car Weekend, organized by local non-profit Art 120, returns for its third year. Thanks to the support of The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, private donations, corporate support, and in partnership with Hamilton County Department of Education, these artists will reach 10,000 elementary school children that do not have an art program in their school.

“Art has proved itself to be a crucial part of childhood development,” said Executive Director Kate Warren. “Art teaches critical thinking skills and encourages learning on an interactive level. It’s no surprise that the one thing our six highest achieving elementary schools in Hamilton County have in common is a visual arts program.”

The Scenic City Art Car Weekend will have something for everyone. The Art-Car-A-Van will kick things off Friday, April 4, with a creative morning commute to participating schools. Later, adults can catch a sneak peek Friday night at the Art Car Ball from 7-10 p.m. at Miller Plaza. This free evening promises to be quite an event with costumes, high energy dance music, and cars that light up in the night. Trophies and bragging rights for the most creative attire. Proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit the Urban Art Bike Workshops and other Art 120 programs.

An Art Car Tailgate Party across from The Creative Discovery Museum, will be on Saturday, April 5, in the parking lot at 4th and Broad from 9 a.m.-noon. Meet the artists, see these mobile masterpieces up close, and vote for your favorite school entry before they hit the streets. The Art Car Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues down Broad to Main Street. From 1-5 p.m., artists will line up along Main Street for a drag on the Southside where Art 120 will announce which school entries will receive the $500 Golden Gnome Award for most popular art car and the $400 Silver Spoke for the best human powered contraption.

More details are online at www.art120.org or on Art 120’s Facebook page.


ArtsBuild Hosts Fundraiser At Flying Squirrel Aug. 5

ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts) will partner with the Flying Squirrel Bar on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to raise funds for its leadership programs.  The Flying Squirrel, at 55 Johnson St. in Chattanooga’s Southside district, will donate 10 percent of its total sales from the evening, from 5 p.m. to closing, to ArtsBuild. Founded as a united arts fund in 1969, ArtsBuild’s mission ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk Scheduled For Nov. 8

Families, organizations, and businesses have already began forming teams and registering as participants for the Chattanooga Autism Aware ness Walk scheduled for Nov. 8. Last year’s inaugural walk drew 900 participants and raised $58,000. “The parent volunteers had been working hard for over a year and were overwhelmed when the walk exceeded all their expectations”, stated ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits on both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)