Glass House Collective is partnering with Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative  and Studio Everything to launch a Neighborhood Pride Campaign for the Historic Glass Farm Neighborhood.

This campaign, funded by the Lillian Colby Foundation, will create a visual celebration of neighborhood distinctiveness that enforces our community’s identity, cohesiveness, and pride of home. That means soon you’ll be seeing and hopefully displaying custom designed house flags, yard signs, videos, and banners.

To get the ideas flowing, the Glass Farm Block Leaders formed a committee early this summer and set out to gather input from the community as a way to identify what we’re most proud of in the historic Glass Farm district as well as the business district along Glass Street. The committee is comprised of a homeowner, renter, business owner, and youth from the Glass Farm Neighborhood. These passionate neighbors will each receive a stipend for their time and commitment.

The committee distributed and gathered surveys in the recreation center, the residential neighborhood and the business district. The survey asked a few simple but important questions, including: What are you proud of in your neighborhood? And, If people were more proud of this neighborhood what it would look like?

Amber said she is most proud of “The amount of effort people are putting in the community to make it great.” Audrey is proud that there are “Expectations of becoming a great community.” Glenda mentioned that she feels most proud of “Neighbors keeping up their yards and houses.” Charlotte is proud that “Everyone knows everyone and everyone watches out for each other.”

Now that the surveying is complete, creative teams are forming to take the lead in turning all of this great input into a meaningful visual campaign that tells the world how proud we are to live, work and play in East Chattanooga. In the meantime, The Chattanooga Design Studio put together a collage of images of places in the neighborhood our resident committee is proud of. The creative teams will draw their inspiration from the over 50 surveys and photographs completed and combine that with a few more community work sessions. “This process is in place to empower our neighbors and business owners to work with a team of artists to instill a sense of pride amongst the residents and provide skills development opportunities to the area through Rondell Crier’s Studio Everything,” Community Relations Manager, Nicole Lewis, said.

The goal is to reveal the exciting results at the Glass Street LIVE block party on November 3.

If you’re a neighbor with more ideas, please get in touch with Nicole Lewis via email or phone to be added to the campaign contact list and stay informed about future planning sessions. nicole@glasshousecollective.org | 423-618-9865