Art 120 News

  • HAIDER ALI: THE BOB ROSS OF PAKISTAN

    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 edu@art120.org or paintedstoryart@gmail.com!

    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 edu@art120.org or paintedstoryart@gmail.com 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 paintedstoryart@gmail.com and paintedstorygallery@gmail.com!**

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Thank You Chattanooga Firefighters

It has been a very emotional Thanksgiving to say the least. We are so grateful that no one was in the building when the fire broke out. A huge thank you goes out from us at Art 120 to Chattanooga's Firefighters who spent the entire night preventing this blaze from spreading to the other homes and businesses in the area. The creative team at Hippopotamus took this amazing footage of the scene. It really brings home what is important, everything inside was just stuff at the end of the day. Our kids, our volunteers, our staff, our partners, and our donors are what really make Art 120. We could not serve over 3,000 children a year without you. Help us continue by making a donation today.

Backdraft Chattanooga from Hippopotamus on Vimeo.