WHAT WE DID:
In 2012, GHC asked ourselves: how can a holiday party build confidence and reassure progress is being made? The party was the perfect place to introduce the Glass Street District Design Vision and reassure the community that we hear them and have a plan for the future.
In 2013 the Good Neighbor Network joined the planning of the party, ensuring that the event was more community-led. Decorations were provided by Daniel Crelinc and Gail McKeel, and a special, surprise invitation was extended to each guest by Katherine Currin of the Lyndhurst Foundation to watch the lighting of the first phase of pedestrian lights on Glass Street.
In 2014, Mark Making and Studio Everything joined the celebration by providing a second location to enjoy the event and crafts for kids to engage in. A special holiday market was also showcased by Studio Everything, featuring work created by the youth in the area.
In 2015, Mark Making continued to provide their space for the event and live music and carols led by Marcellus Barnes of Unity Performing Arts Foundation of Chattanooga soundtracked the festivities. Chris Anderson emceed and began by unveiling the “Painted Gardens” muralettes, a piece by students from Orchard Knob Middle School and Girls Inc., and “The Kings and Queens of East Chattanooga,” a series of 3-D printed sculpture masks created by youth in East Chattanooga.
In 2016, the community residents took full control of organizing the event, with Katie McAllister taking charge and organizing a potluck-style dinner. The event recognized standouts from the Block Leaders program: Dr. Evelana Holms, Glenda Welcher, Janette Richie, Johnny Patmon, and Jeffery Evans.