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Save-A-Lot Grand Opening + Block Party on Sunday April 25

Glass House Collective and the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, in partnership with Chattanooga Design Studio, recently received a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The grant specifically funds an Asphalt Art Initiative and helps cities use art and community engagement to improve street safety and revitalize public spaces.

We’ve put that grant to work, and now we’re excited to unveil Chattanooga’s newest asphalt mural along Crutchfield Street as part of a grand opening block party for the area’s new Save-A-Lot store. Join us for an afternoon of festivities.

Save-A-Lot Grand Opening Block Party and Mural Unveiling
Sunday, April 25
12 to 4 pm

  • Live music from Soundcorps, featuring artists Marcus Ellsworth, 2 Deepwithin, Tyler Andrew, Arche Twitty, Erika Roberts, and Karla Felecia Scaife throughout the event.
  • Comments from our elected officials at 1:30 pm
  • Roller skate rentals from Moonlight Roller, available for anyone 18+ free of charge (and if you’re already a skater, bring your own to cruise on the freshly painted mural).
  • Food trucks, vendors and family-friendly activities organized by the great team at Save-A-Lot

We can’t wait to show off the beautiful mural, designed by artist Kevin Bate with input and engagement from the community, supported by 2$ON as his lead on-site assistant. We’ll also unveil new temporary public space amenities for getting the community together, all designed by a team of East Chattanooga residents, artists, design professionals and business leaders. The space is full of creative kid’s activities, seating, planters, shade, and lighting. And a huge shout-out to Hardy Elementary for all their involvement in bringing this project to life!

Images courtesy Make Beautiful

For more information about the event, email Miss Mack, the general manager at Save-A-Lot at savealot2300@gmail.com or check out the event listing on Facebook.


Volunteer Day: Countdown to Crutchfield

It’s a big month on Glass Street, with the grand opening of Save A Lot scheduled for April 24 and a whole month’s worth of activities leading up to the big day. In honor of this moment in the community, we’ve partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to bring a massive asphalt art project to Crutchfield Street directly in front of the new grocery store. We’re also working with teams of students at Hardy Elementary to bring art to the street and designate safe paths for kids to access the new store and rec center from the school. And oh yeah: we’ve also got a big grand opening block party planned for April 24.

But first things first: we need to get Crutchfield ready.

Volunteers will be on-site on Saturday, April 17 from 9 am to 1 pm to get our Glass Street gateway ready for the Save A Lot grand opening and asphalt art installation. Neighbors from Reach One Teach One, Scenic City Angel, Build It Green, Mark Making and our Gathering Spaces Team will be on hand, helping put flowers into new planters, getting the boardwalk ready for prime time, installing umbrellas and new seating. The new seating is under construction, but here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come.

Benches in progress   Rendering of seating

Stop by to support our volunteers on Saturday and get your eyes on all their work this week.

Through Glass Featured in UTC’s Institute of Contemporary Art


Audrey McClure, Glass Farm resident, and Glass House Collective Advisory Council member, at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Home” exhibit, March 2021.

Home” is the inaugural exhibit for the new Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, “highlighting art-making in our city that celebrates a sense of community and awareness to place.”  Glass House Collective was honored to have the Through Glass suite of projects that we produced with our neighbors and multidisciplinary artists in 2020 curated into the very first show! The exhibit remains on view through March 19.

Glass House Collective’s executive director, Teal Thibaud, creative strategist, Erika Roberts, community liaison, Lynesha Lake, and advisory council member Audrey McClure, recently visited the exhibition on campus and were moved to see the multiple ways in which the faces, stories, and names involved in Through Glass so clearly and strongly represent the exhibit’s themes of community and place. We’re so proud to see this on display through art!

Glass House Collective’s Community Liason, Lynesha Lake (standing), and Creative Strategist, Erika Roberts, watch a preview of Through Glass on view at the Institute Of Contemporary Art at UTC. March 2021

Doing the work is one thing. Seeing your efforts presented, acknowledged, and put in a greater context is something we will always appreciate.

“Seeing neighbors’ faces represented at Home in a place that was “far away” was dope. GHC made history for an underserved and overlooked neighborhood. I knew it was not even a year ago but it felt like history and I know the people making it happen.” Lynesha said.

As an artist-driven placemaking organization, it makes us especially proud to have our collective work curated into a contemporary art institute’s 1st show alongside 11 other incredibly talented artists who use art as a language to connect to a place.

“It is amazing! We work with artists to better our communities and when THAT is shown as art it is something to take seriously,” GHC Creative Strategist, Erika Roberts said. 

Check out Through Glass here.
Learn more about “Home” at ICA\UTC here.

1 Year later, East Chattanooga Meet n Eat Going Strong

The monthly East Chattanooga Meet N Eat community zooms have become an inspiring and busy little virtual gathering space for making connections and seeing where we can all share resources to serve our communities. 

The zooms are held on the first Wednesday of the month and open to anyone interested in contributing to or listening in on the conversations and community collaborations that are taking place every day all over East Chattanooga.  Plan to attend the April meeting , just ask tara to send you the link tara@glasshousecollective.org.

Our most recent Eat N Meet was held on Wednesday, March 3 and a few highlights include:

Tory Worley with Hope For The Inner City let everyone know that the dental clinic was still going on and there will be four clinics in the month of March. Information and a printable application can be found on Hope’s website. The Mercy Relief program is also still open for those in need within the 37404 and 37406 zip codes only. With the growing season starting it was great to learn that Tory is partnering with UTC whose students have been helping tend the garden and ready it for vegetables that will be coming soon! 

Pastor J gave a great update from The Village Church and let us know they are launching a new conversation series on Facebook Live called Village Talks, exploring personal and spiritual development with different members of the community. The first Village Talk will be 7 pm on Tuesday, March 9th featuring Wayne Brown with Empower.

Dr. Everlena Holmes also gave an update on the East Chattanooga Improvement  (ECI) group who has been meeting regularly as they work to develop a strategic plan for the group. 

This month we were all happy to welcome Andrew Cone, New City Fellowship’s Youth Pastor, to his first East Chattanooga Meet n Eat and were glad to hear how the church will be reaching out to meet their neighbors this year.

And so much more! Interested? Please sit in on the Zoom recording here, or enjoy audio only here. Better yet! Sign up to get the link to the next East Chattanooga Meet n Eat by emailing: tara@glasshousecollective.org

East Chattanooga is Bursting with Gratitude & Generosity!

Once a month since the early weeks of the pandemic various East Chattanooga leadership and community voices gather via zoom for updates and support. Our most recent noontime “Meet & Eat” as we’ve come to call them, was no different. In fact, it seemed supercharged! East Chattanooga is definitely bursting with gratitude and generosity. Get […]

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