Benefitting art, education, and the community.
Art 120 is a non-profit organization created to enrich Chattanooga and its surrounding community through the creation, education, and celebration of art.
Basically, it’s all about A.R.T.
Awareness between the community, artists, and non-profit organizations.
Reaching out to the public through free art events.
Teaching transferrable skills to urban youth.
How do we accomplish this? We focus on a medium that can encompass all types of art and non-profit programs, is common to all socio-economic levels, generates a lot of media attention, and incorporates engineering. Chattanooga, start your art cars!
What is an art car?
This functional form of art is basically a kinetic sculpture aka moveable art on wheels. It can be a car, a bike, or a completely new contraption. An art car can run on fossil fuel as well as greener resources like solar, electric, or even human locomotion. Art cars are created as a way to address social issues, instill community pride, push the limits of technology as well as artistic self-expression.
Historically recognized as a Geographical hub, Chattanooga reaches out to approximately 10 million people within a 120 minute commuting radius of downtown. This provides a unique opportunity for students, artists, engineers, educators, community organizations, and spectators from the entire southeast region to participate.
Who can participate?
This event is open to artists, educators, community organizations, and schools. Entrants must register beginning in the fall and will have until the week prior to the event to complete their vehicles. The art car weekend is planned to coincide with the 4Bridges Arts Festival in April, 2012. The weekend begins with an art car drag to area schools and will involve several community based events around the downtown area leading up to the parade and award ceremony. We currently have four other public events that will also feature art bikes and cars leading up to the Art Car weekend.
Providing arts education opportunities.
Along with managing this exciting public event, our sustainable program raises funds to assist with art car building workshops. These workshops enable students to work as a team to create a finished art car and serve as a catalyst to encourage learning, incorporate critical thinking skills, instill a sense of achievement, and show these students how they can play a vital role in their community. Art car workshops vary depending on grade level and can cover a range of arts integration and transferrable skills such as social studies, science, mathematics, writing, design, welding, automotive maintenance, upholstery, etc – the opportunities are numerous based on the kind of art car and grade level.
Did you know?
The second largest art car ever built came from Tennessee. Art professor, Mel Chin, at East Tennessee State University created this kinetic sculpture with his students in 2005. Their entry, Weapons of Mass Distribution, a missile turned mobile homeless shelter won the Mayor’s Cup that year.
Who We Are:
Kate Warren, Executive Director – Kate Warren has over twenty years experience in marketing, graphic design, arts event management, and visual art. In her career, Kate has taught arts education programs, produced monthly art events, ran internet media campaigns, and most recently served as marketing communications manager for Olan Mills. Kate is the primary contact and can be reached at 423/886-3990 (main),
423/314-6659 (cell), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art 120 Executive Board Members:
Robert Hertel, President – Mr. Hertel’s 10 years as Senior V.P. and Director of Corporate Operations at Macy’s New York ensures the knowledge, logistics, and the experience of managing The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a large part of Art 120’s event. Robert’s Executive Leadership experience is custom made for planning and organizing The Scenic City Art Car Weekend.
Larry Richey, Treasurer – With 32 years of experience in Commercial Banking, 25 in Chattanooga, Larry brings the financial leadership necessary to successfully oversee the budget and fund-raising efforts of Art 120. Mr. Richey is active in the community and currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee for Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, a member of the Finance Committee for the Creative Discovery Museum, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Walden Club.
Angela Ballard, Secretary – Angela Ballard brings to Art 120 over fifteen years professional marketing, broadcast, and PR experience. Angela is also accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a professor with the UTC Department of Communication, teaching writing, graphic design and public relations. During her 5 years serving as the Marketing and Communications Director for Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, Angela was instrumental in creating the curriculum for Hamilton County’s character education initiative to provide disability awareness education to public school students in grades K-12.
Isaac Duncan III, Community Liaison – Along with being a very talented sculptor, Isaac provides Art 120 with the voice of Main Street as well as any technical input with fabrication and materials for making an art car body. Mr. Duncan has taught in primary, secondary and higher education over the past 10 years and has experience with artists-in-residence programs. Mr. Duncan also serves on the board of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance and serves on the committee Public Art Chattanooga.
Rebecca Bass, Board Member At Large – We are very fortunate to have Rebecca Bass, an International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement certified art teacher from Houston, Texas. Rebecca has been involved with the Orange Show since 1990 and taught
art car building classes that led to the creation of 19 art cars. Under her direction, students have had their art cars featured on an international level in CNN, FOX, National Geographic, Car and Driver, FX channels Weird Wheels, New York Times, among many others. Their various art cars are part of permanent museum collections in Malaysia, Germany, Mexico, as well as six cities in the United States.