A miracle has bloomed and is now being harvested in the heart of Southeast Tennessee.
Founded in 2012, Glass House Collective is working to develop a creative revitalized district on Glass Street through artist-led and community-involved projects to catalyze redevelopment in East Chattanooga.
Announcing a $30k grant initiative, Glass House Collective is seeking nationally based artists or artist groups to launch community, place-based projects in this historic neighborhood. The grant will provide three artists or artist teams studio space in the historic buildings along Glass Street and receive up to $30,000 to complete place-based projects in the Glass Street district.
Over the course of one year, artists will implement projects that address one or more of the priority areas identified by resident stakeholders - including: community engagement, neighborhood safety, and beautification. Glass House Collective encourages all artistic disciplines to apply (i.e. performing, visual, literary, graphic design, multi-media craft, etc.). To view the Request for Proposal visit http://www.glasshousecollective.org/RFPartistgrantsprogram/.
This historic commercial corridor's story echoes that of many formerly industrial areas. Today, the Glass Street corridor sees some 11,000 vehicles pass through it every day without stopping. Short on the foot traffic and sense of community that made this district so vibrant in the past, local businesses have had a difficult time keeping their doors open, often leaving the district's historic buildings to fall into disrepair. Through the efforts of Glass House Collective, and specifically a focus on the value of the arts and incentivized projects by individual artists, Glass Street is undergoing a creative and citizen-led revival. Please visit glasshousecollective.org/projects to learn about the various projects Glass House Collective has supported over the past 18 months.