The third annual Glass Street LIVE Block Party is on September 24th, 2016 from 11am-4pm. This event is designed to bring life back to the historic Glass Street neighborhood in East Chattanooga and add to the vibrancy of our city.
In 2013, The Good Neighbor Network (GNN) was formed by nine community-minded residents working together to execute fresh ideas to make their neighborhood safer, cleaner and include more of their neighbors in the process. Over the course of the year, the group completed 18 projects. The founding members decided to continue the program. The GNN Members meet on the first Monday of every Month at 6:30 at 2510 Glass Street inside the former Custom Cycles building. These meetings are open to the public.
In 2016, Glass House Collective sponsored the Glass Farm Block Leader program led by Dr. Everlena Holmes. We currently have 13 block leaders that meet 4-6 times a year. If you live in the neighborhood, please consider representing your block. Call 423-402-0565 for more information.
Glass House Collective was founded in 2012 and the organization revisited their work plan in 2015 by hosting ‘The Next Big Thing’ Urbanism Conference. Teams comprised of residents, architects, planners, designers, artists, and community leaders came together and shared their best ideas for Glass Street. The Next Big Thing Urbanism Workshop was intended to take Glass House Collective’s previous efforts to the next level by developing ideas that are basic, realistic, and scalable for East Chattanooga’s Glass Street and surrounding neighborhood. View team presentations here and the outcomes book here.
Our work plan has now expanded outside of the commercial corridor into the community. Our impact lenses include: business development, public space and streetscape, and residential improvement projects.
The methodology of our work has stayed true from the beginning– our work is artist-led and community driven. We pair residents with artists to implement ideas that make Glass Street and the surrounding community cleaner, safer and more inviting.
In 2013, three artists activated historic buildings along the Glass Street commercial corridor as studios for production, instruction, demonstration, and collaboration creating place-based projects that addressed one or more of the priority areas identified by resident stakeholders – including: community engagement, neighborhood safety, and beautification. In 2014, artist Rondell Crier’s Studio Everything received funding from local foundations to continue his efforts along Glass Street.
Rondell mentors community members young and old through his open studio hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm-7pm through various outlets such as: woodworking, glass works, painting, screen-printing, building, sewing and more. Feel free to come by 2432 Glass Street any Tuesday or Thursday and check out all of the art-making, consultation, workforce development, mentorship, craft workshops, and skill building happening on Glass Street!