Artists needed to help beautify Chattanooga, TN’s Rossville’s Boulevard

This ArtSpark piece by Katie Claiborne is called "Battanooga." The effort to beautify the BLVD is based off River City Co.'s Art Spark program. | NOOGAtoday

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Public Art Chattanooga is searching for a diverse group of artists to beautify the boulevard — Rossville Boulevard, that is. 👀

Q: OK, how are we going to beautify the boulevard?
A: The plan is to recruit regional artists to create vinyl artwork on seven traffic control boxes in the 37407 zip code. Fun fact: about 20,000 cars pass by one of the boxes — that’s a lot of eyeballs.

Q: OK. Gotcha. Who can apply to create the art?
A: Artists who live in the region, which includes anyone whose primary residence is in the State of Tennessee or in Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker + Whitfield counties in Georgia. Alabama residents from Dekalb or Jackson counties are also eligible. 

Q: Cool! What are the other requirements for the application?
A: Organizers are looking for artists from varying backgrounds to create works surrounding the theme, “Chattanooga’s Cultural Corridor.”

Q: Tell us more?
A: Well, the boxes are in an eclectic community known for its manufacturing industry + Hispanic Tiendas. Winning submissions will celebrate the “rich diversity + help build on a shared sense of identity and place.” You can read more about the criteria here

Q: When do I need to turn in a submission?
A: By Sun., Dec. 20. 

The effort to brighten Rossville Boulevard is modeled after downtown’s ArtSpark program, which covered the traffic signal boxes in art. | NOOGAtoday

Q: And how do I turn in a submission?
A: Send it to Heather at [email protected]

Q: Who is helping make this happen?
A: A group of residents, business owners + community stakeholders are behind the project, which is called The Blvd. Public Art Chattanooga is helping organize it. 

Q: Where will the art be?

—Workman Road and Rossville Boulevard 

— Dodds Avenue and Rossville Boulevard 

— 32nd Street and Rossville Boulevard

—.37th Street and Rossville Boulevard 

— 28th Street and Rossville BLBoulevardVD 

—  37th Street and Dodds Avenue 

— 34th Street and Dodds Avenue

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Q: Anything else we should know?
A: Yep. This project is modeled after Chattanooga’s ArtSpark program, which added art to downtown control boxes. Oh, also, winners get $500.