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.

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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! http://art120.org/get-involved/iteachartbikes/

Chattanooga Art Shows Big in Houston

10270397_247026252156877_1063136565751625447_nAs you know, everything is big, Big, BIG, in Texas. The Houston Art Car Parade is no exception, boasting  over 260 art car and contraption entries this year and an impressive turnout that topped their previous record of 300,000. The weekend was full of fun and creativity, including three creations from Chattanooga with artists Wendy Tippens, Conrad Tengler, and our own Urban Art Bike gang. Needless to say, we were well represented and artist, Conrad Tengler, took home the first place trophy for Best cycle. This was a very inspirational and reaffirming trip for our crew. All of us returned refreshed and ready to create with new ideas and friends for our event next year. Inspiration flowed from the ball to the parade and everywhere else. Check out these images from Houston taken by Anna Lee at Alternative Houston, Wendy Tippens from Chattanooga, and Houston artist, Carol Wells.

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Urban Art Bike Workshops Coming!!!

The Art Car weekend was a huge success!!!! Our artists visited over 7,000 students in Hamilton County that do not have access to art, we had four school entries in the parade, and record turnout for our events. We will post pictures and details soon, but first summer is coming an we cannot wait to share our summer opportunities with you. Here’s a sneak peek! See you on the Southside!

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Scenic City Art Car Weekend Begins this Friday!

Ding, Dong! Over art cars are coming to Chattanooga this weekend!

Ding, Dong! Over art cars are coming to Chattanooga this weekend!

Chattanooga, start your engines! The 3rd Annual Scenic City Art Car Parade will kick off with a very creative morning commute as our artists head to local schools without and art program on Friday morning, continue with a super disco costume fun-raiser in Miller Plaza from 7-10pm, and wrap it all up with the Tailgate Party and Parade beginning in the Majestic 12 parking lot. It’s all free but if you come to the ball, bring your appetite. We have some fabulous food trucks lined up and a portion of the proceeds will go toward our arts education programs. For details, click here.

Art Cars & Art Bikes – This is How We Roll

Art Car Artist, Wendy Tippens shares a smile with a new friend at the Scenic City Art Car Parade.

Art Car Artist, Wendy Tippens shares a smile with a new friend at the Scenic City Art Car Parade.

Thank you Chattanooga! Your support allows Art 120 to bring artists into schools where art programs do not exist, provide a public platform to celebrate students and artists for their work, teach workforce development skills to urban youth, encourage STEAM-based learning, curate exhibits, and organize the only art car event this side of the Mississippi from Miami to Baltimore.

Why? When you create art, you learn change is possible. When you bring art into the schools, you empower students to think for themselves. And when you take art to the streets, you positively impact your community.

With a 35% increase in exposure over the prior year, our event is growing fast. We are looking for innovative individuals, organizations, and businesses that are interested in being part of a high media event that supports creative learning opportunities for children.

It Takes Fuel to Keep the Parade Rolling and Free for Everyone

Donate. Your tax deductible contribution will go toward our programs that get art into the schools, provide urban art bike workshops, and provide free public art events that give everyone access to the arts. Any amount is appreciated and tax deductible. Our flagship donors will get to Hitch a Ride in an art car and support a great cause, click here to ride shotgun.

Volunteer. Our volunteers are the backbone of our program and they also get front row seats to the most amazing event of the year! Even a small amount of your time can make a positive difference. Lend your talents and have the time of your life! Click here to see the opportunities available.

Sponsor. In addition to a lot of media exposure, our sponsors have a lot of fun. Opportunities include art car team building exercises, onsite visit, and VIP access to our weekend activities including the art car ball and breakfast at Rock City. Contact katewarren@art120.org to learn more.

In-Kind State of Mind. As a small organization, we rely on the kindness of others to help provide anything from old bikes, cars, and trophies to food, athletic equipment, and places for our artists to stay while in town. We entertain just about any offer. Submit inquiries to: In-Kind Donations

 

 

Urban Art Bikes on Glass Street

1015873_10151499979201366_1638097419_oArt 120 had the privilege of conducting two art bike workshops on Glass Street as part of the Glass House Collective’s Summer Workshop Series. Houston art bike artist and teacher, Natali Leduc, taught students how to take a three dimensional concept and turn it into a fully functional kinetic sculpture in one week. Students learned how to present a concept in front of their peers, safely use power tools, measure and cut steel beams, and experienced welding with a trained professional.

The first week involved a group of five professional artists and young adults who learned how to weld. Using scrap metal and recycled parts, this group created a double bike with a ski system in tow. Adults who completed week one were able to mentor in the youth program the following week.

1069983_568033826569103_1996341512_nWeek two proved to be the most exciting. Eleven youth ages 10-15 years arrived on Day 1. Many of our students thought they were just going to paint a bike. Once students learned about power tool and shop safety, they quickly realized they were going to be rebuilding from scrap parts and materials to make something completely new. By noon students had seen other examples and began drawing out their own concepts. Several great ideas came to the forefront and by the time each one was presented, three strong teams emerged, determined to get their art bikes completed in time.

1026034_10151499983216366_1876211907_oBy Saturday, the students were ready share their amazing creations with the public at the big reveal in Coolidge Park. Outdoor Chattanooga provided the perfect reception area. Following a recognition ceremony and lunch, it was time. Hundreds in the park stopped to see these works of art make their way across the North Shore landscape. People applauded and even giggled at the site of these unique creations. Click here to see video from our kids’ debut.

Since the big reveal in the park, the Glass House kids’ work has been featured in three news segments and will be in a special parade at Riverfront Nights, Saturday August 17th. Please come out and congratulate our kids on their upcoming venture to show their bikes at the Mini Maker Faire in Atlanta October 26th.

Atlanta_MMF_logos_GooglePlus1-300x282Held on the campus of Georgia Tech, this all day event is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our kids for their achievement and introduce them to opportunities they would not necessarily be exposed to. We want to make sure our students have the best experience possible when they are represented in front of Maker Faire’s
7500 expected guests.
Contact katewarren@art120.org and learn how you can help make a difference today.

Art 120 would like to thank its volunteers, donors, and our partnership with Glass House Collective that helped us make this program a success.