We support:
Chattanooga Boys Choir
Chattanooga Symphony and Opera
Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Creative Discovery Museum
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Chattanooga Ballet
Association for Visual Arts
Ballet Tennessee
Chattanooga Girls Choir
Hunter Museum of American Art
Shaking Ray Levi Society
Southern Lit Alliance






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This cultural plan for Chattanooga and Hamilton County is built around community priorities identified by local citizens. It is a series of carefully chosen action steps designed to make the community a better place to live, work, and visit.

The plan is based on the broadest possible definition of arts and culture that encompassed the community's customs, beliefs, and traditions. It includes the fine arts but steps beyond them to such creative expressions as traditional, ethnic, and folk art, music, and crafts; the history and heritage of the city and region; landmarks, parks, and natural attractions; and the built environment.

The decision to build the plan around broad community aspirations was influenced in part by the manner in which positive change happens in Chattanooga – it is, as the local saying goes, "the Chattanooga way."

Resources must be deployed strategically and effectively. Partnerships must be pursued. Efficiency of program delivery and administration is essential. Most importantly, this plan is designed to include everyone, not just those who are traditional arts consumers and supporters. "The arts," as we say in Chattanooga, "are for all."

The Vision

A vibrant and diverse Chattanooga region, celebrated locally, regionally, and nationally for the ways in which creativity, arts, and culture enrich and enhance its way of life.

The Guiding Principles

  • A broad definition of arts and culture
  • A plan to benefit everyone
  • Public involvement
  • A dynamic plan with accountability

Mrs. Ruth Holmberg and Mr. Tom White, Co-Chairs
Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Honorary Chairs

Next Steps

ArtsBuild is officially designated by the Imagine Chattanooga 20/20 Steering Committee to coordinate the overall implementation process and has convened working groups. These groups will be charged with a specific task that requires completion of timelines, budgets, and lines of responsibility for the various tactics under its purview.

Imagine Chattanooga 20/20 is supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, Benwood Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Tennessee Arts Commission, Chattanooga Times Free Press and ArtsBuild.