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    Haider Ali, founder of Phool Patti (pronounced P-ool pah-tea), visited Chattanooga for two weeks this July. Ali did many things during this time, including painting a new hood on the original Jingle Truck, and completely making over one of Art120's work trucks. Among other things, this is what the Pakistani artist specializes in. For thirty years he has been a Jingle Truck Artist, traveling the world to paint trailers, trucks, park benches, and more. He is famous for his work with the Smithsonian, and has exhibited at museums and institutions globally. You could say he is the “Bob Ross” of Pakistan.

        As Kofi Annan said, "We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”  We at Art 120 strongly believe that when a child has access to art, they not only learn to appreciate their self-identity but nurture the curiosity and self-confidence necessary to understand other cultures. Thanks to the Doris Duke Building Bridges Program, Art120 will be able to reach more children this school year. 

        Art120’s Jingle Truck is available to visit any elementary school in Chattanooga, or within a 120 mile radius during the 2019-2020 school year. Students will meet an artist from Pakistan, learn about the culture, and create artwork relevant to the child’s community. We will provide teachers with a curriculum plan (approved by the Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts), that is tailored to each grade level. There are opportunities to receive a Jingle Truck art experience at your school for free. To learn more, please contact Kate Warren at (423) 708-2120.

  • !NEW PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM: Painted Story Children's Gallery! WE NEED 2017-2018 HOST SITES!

    Art 120 is partnering with The Bethlehem Center, and local artist Christina Thongnopnua, to bring an ALL NEW traveling art exhibition for children to Chattanooga, TN! Painted Story Children's Gallery will be an unique experience for the community and for local artists that want to be a featured artist in the Gallery, or work with us in other ways like teaching workshops or hosting the gallery in their studio space. If you would like to host Painted Story at your organization, at an event, or become involved as an artist or volunteer, please email or!

    The deadline for submission of the application, Art120PaintedStoryArtistApplication.pdf, is March 20th, 2017! We launch in June 2017! CallToArtists_PaintedStoryChildrensGallery.pdf

    We look forward to working with you, Chattanooga, on bringing a truly child-centric program to you! Email Hannah Hahn at or if you're interested in applying to volunteer with or hosting the exhibition!

    **We are on the lookout for month-long hosts for the Gallery! Inquire with and!**

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Bring Art120 Programs into Your School for Free!

The Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) grant program provides funds for Tennessee public schools to experience a broad variety of artistic disciplines, cultural opportunities, and artists. Teachers and Principals are encouraged to apply for up to $3,000 per Title 1 school. As an approved arts organization, the following Art 120 programs are available: 

     • ArtCarAVan Art 120 brings two artists to work in your school for a day. Artists discuss the mediums used, and share what motivated them to create art. Students see the artwork up close, ask questions, learn about the process, and are   encouraged to value their own creativity. Teachers have   the opportunity to integrate the activity in with their own curriculum. 

    • Urban Art Bike Program Design and build a fully functional kinetic sculpture with your class, (aka: ”Art Car”). Students will broaden their artistic access, deepen learning as they integrate other    educational disciplines into their art such as engineering and math. Art 120 will provide a bicycle for your class, create a gameplan with you after the first brainstorming session, and organize on-site workshops tailored to your  students’ design. All work completed in time will have  the opportunity to exhibit in the Scenic City Art Car Weekend. 

    Please Note: Funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. Teachers applying for funding need to be ready to register August 13th. Please make sure you have your login information ready, or register with the Tennessee Arts Commission if you are a first-time applicant.  For details, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission main page at .