Thanks Again Chattanooga! Art Cars Love You!

Wow! What an amazing Art Car Weekend in Chattanooga! Once again local businesses, the city, and individuals stepped up to help us put on the best show yet while reaching just over 2,500 children in Hamilton County without an art program. Once all the data is collected for the entire weekend, we will share in next week’s post. Until then, here are some wonderful photos before the ball. The Art Car Fire Ball was so amazing, we will have to post that separately next week.

Art Car Welcome Party hosted by Chattanooga Maker Meetup


Art Car Tailgate Party

The Parade in Motion

The Pre Launch and Award Ceremony

Chattanooga, Start Your Art Cars!

The Scenic City Art Car Weekend will be rolling into town May 8th & 9th. Registration is now open! Some of you out there may already have an amazing car, lowrider, or cool wheeled contraption. Or, you have an idea and are ready to give it a shot. Registration is open until April 24th. If you do not have an image yet, you can submit a sketch of your idea and debut it to the public on May 9th. Individuals, schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations can click here to apply! Schools can still register for the Art-Car-A-Van May 8th. Click here to enroll your school today!


Sponsor a Child for the Art-Car-A-Van May 8th

Keep the Art-Car-A-Van Rolling!

There are 32 elementary schools in Hamilton County that do not have an art program. For less than a Mocha Latte, you can help reach, teach, & inspire them.

These children will:

  • Meet two artists with different art styles/mediums.
  • Have a chance to touch the art, peer in the windows, see the ornamentation/lights, and in some cases, hear the sounds.
  • Learn that their ideas are powerful like how they can turn an ambulance into a giant red wagon or a bike into a winged dragon!
  • Get to to be curious, ask questions, and share thoughts.
  • Have fun!

Sponsor a Child and Join the Party!
While the artists are here, Art 120 will hold a tailgate party and parade for everyone! Come see these amazing creations up close, vote for your favorite school entry, and celebrate what you helped us accomplish. This whole weekend of Awareness, Reaching, and Teaching (A.R.T.) costs only $5 per child. Donate now at

Love Art, Give Art, Get a Shirt!

tumblr_nduskpYxQv1tzfwoyo1_500It’s Valentine’s week, you would love to give that special someone a meaningful piece of art. What? Not quite ready to splurge on that Picasso just yet? Fear not my friend, We have a WAY more meaningful gift in mind. When you make a donation of $25 or more this week, you will not only bring an inspirational art experience to at least 5 children that do not have art in their elementary school, you will also get this amazing t-shirt to give as a gift or wear with pride. Oh yeah, did we mention that you will also be able to see this artwork up close in May? Bring your sweetie to our free public art tailgater and you
can tell them with pride that you made this happen.

Donate Today, Help a Child, and Have the Best Date Ever!!!


Ladies from the U.S. Gymnastics Competitions Fell Head Over Heels in Love with our Program!

Urban Art Bikes at Mainx24!

PrintOur urban art bike team will once again be part of Main Street’s community celebration. On Saturday, December 6th, be on the lookout for your wildest dreams on wheels during The Mainx24 parade at 10:30am. After the parade, join us next to the Flying Squirrel on Passenger Street for rides and fun from noon to 4pm. Come out, Shoot some hoops with our basketball bike, ride a beast, and meet the kids that built these amazing creations in our Williams Street workshop.

While you’re there, donate $20 and grab a t-shirt. You can sport a cool design while getting some serious street cred for supporting our programs while supplies last!

A Tale of 2 Maker Faires and 1 Fire Tornado

October was a busy month for our Urban Art Bikers. The kids from The Bethlehem Center attended Maker Faire Atlanta where they received a lot of positive feedback from thousands of attendees that stopped to try out their art bikes. The students also received three exhibit of merit awards for their creations. All in all, Atlanta’s Maker Faire had 30,000 people in attendance over the two day event.

The following week, we were back in Chattanooga where kids from The Bethlehem Center and two of our Glass Street Students participated and shared their creations with a crowd of 2,200. Also on exhibit was Art 120’s first collaborative art piece with the community, Mr. Twister Fire Tornado. A big thanks to Siskin Steel for supplying all the metal and board member, Conrad Tengler for stepping up to the challenge along with artist Andrew Nigh, Mike Harrison, and Bryan Dyer. People really seemed to enjoy the sculpture and we will continue to work as a team to figure out our next steps with this really cool, bike powered piece.

NEXT STOP: Mainx24!

Flying Donut Incident Makes History!

On the morning of Friday, September 19th, 2014 A.D. The Flying Donut Incident began in the scenic city of Chattanooga, Tennessee during Park(ing) Day. People came from far and wide to lend a hand and launch a donut for art and mural. The battle waged on for six hours. Many donuts were caught during the onslaught. Others were eaten by hungry warriors. Thanks to the brave citizens of Chattanooga, this day will be remembered in art history!

Teaching with STE(A)M

How do you make STE(A)M? Take STEM-Based learning and add art. Hands-on STE(A)M programs like this are a wonderful way to develop design skills in students alongside engineering and math. Students on our workshops also learn how to use power tools and weld in order to make their creations come to life. If you have been following our posts, you may have already heard about what the boys were up to, but did you see what our girls’ teams came up with? Reporter Lauren St. Germain from Newschannel 9 stopped by and captured their progress.

Urban Art Bike Summer

July is already here and three new art bike contraptions are about to be revealed! The Bethlehem Center, located in the Alton Park neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee is partnering with us to teach the skills necessary to create an art bike. So far, nine young men, ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old are learning about art, design, and fabrication.


Join us next week as we post interviews from our class and take a look what the young ladies from The Bethlehem Center come up with.

Urban Art Bikes are Moving In!

1070074_550545208341896_547442168_nArt 120 is thrilled to announce the opening of their new location just off Main and Broad at 1511 Williams Street. Their new studio will serve as their main office and workshop space to create, teach, and build mobile creations. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to introduce youth to welding this year.” said executive director, Kathryn Warren.

This year, Art 120 is partnering with the Bethlehem Center to bring their youth through the Urban Art Bike Program. In order to accommodate this group, Art 120 is holding special teacher training classes beginning June 6th. The 7 day course runs Friday-Saturday and Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm with a 1 hour break for lunch. Teachers will learn how to instruct a team through Art 120’s sculpture process using a variety of tools and techniques, including welding.

The cost for the class is $400 and includes all gear, supplies, and materials. If participants satisfy the requirements of the course and can commit to teaching, they will be eligible to receive a stipend of up to $1600 and have their tuition reimbursed depending on commitment and availability.  Each teacher will be assigned a team of four youth and an assistant for each three week session.

Youth Session 1 Monday thru Thursday, Noon-3pm June 16- July 4th Fridays, 10am-2:30pm.

Youth Session 2Monday thru Thursday, Noon-3pm July 7- July 25th. Fridays, 10am-2:30pm.

Apply Today!