All Posts from 2008
Looking Towards a New Year Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In 2009, CreateHere resolves to do more.
But as the little ditty goes, let not old (or is it “auld”?) acquaintances be forgot. 2008 was a year full of new friends and close neighbors, and it’s a year that will stay in our hearts and thoughts for a long time.
In these twelve months, we’ve met some of Chattanooga’s best and brightest. We hosted nine gallery shows in our studio space, and were privileged to witness the Southside’s creative abilities in the process. We celebrated the graduation of 86 current and aspiring entrepreneurs through our business-planning course, and stood back in awe while MakeWork recipients turned $150,000 worth of artist grants into priceless cultural assets. We see our neighbors succeeding, and they inspire us to work harder, everyday.
In 2009, we resolve to support Chattanooga’s entrepreneurs by expanding the scope of our economic initiatives: we’ll be hosting roundtable discussions for executives of mid-sized businesses, and offer saving incentive programs for creatives looking to invest in career-advancing assets. In addition, MakeWork 2009 will pump another $150,000 into the creative economy. Our studio space is expanding and evolving, and we’re proud to be witnessing the beginnings of a campaign that will give voice to all our hopes for this city.
We resolve to celebrate in 2009, to cheer even louder at the triumphs and achievements of Chattanooga’s citizens.
Happy New Year.
WTCI: Redefining Public Television Monday, December 22, 2008
Mister Rogers. Sesame Street. Those were the days, right? Many of you probably remember watching, or letting your kids watch, those shows at a very young age.
Or maybe you recall your grandparents, curled up in recliners, watching Masterpiece Theater. And that’s how you remember public television: comforting, sweet, but a little bit dated. You’re terribly mistaken.
Our LeadHere fellows were honored last week with a visit to WTCI, Chattanooga’s public television station, and the trip has opened our eyes to how we watch the tube. After all, you can only watch Seinfeld reruns for so many hours. Our recommendations for a few WTCI TV alternatives.
For something new to laugh at, tune into the britcom, Are You Being Served? The show follows the lives of department store employees and the “constant carping between Ladies Separates and Gentleman’s Ready to Wear.”
Love a good mystery? History Detectives is the show for you. Try to solve some of the most interesting stories, from ship wrecks to mysterious love notes.
For those looking for a feel-good show, plant yourself in front of The Life a House Built: The 25th Anniversary of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, to learn about their life’s work with Habitat for Humanity.
To see a schedule of show times visit the WTCI website.
By Elana Gulas
Promoting Young Leaders: A Look at the George T. Hunter Lecture Series Thursday, December 18, 2008
On January 13, Chattanooga will host Doris Kearns Goodwin, a preeminent historian and author in the field of presidential politics. Her appearance kicks off the George T. Hunter Lecture Series, which also boasts speakers John Merrow, Van Jones and David Brooks.
Goodwin’s research has made her a popular commentator during the lead-up to President Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. For Chattanooga, a speaker of this magnitude has implications beyond the strictly political, though. For this reason, Goodwin will focus her lecture on leadership and on the enduring characteristics of strong leaders, past and present.
In anticipation of the lessons provided by this lecture, the Benwood Foundation, the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies, CreateHere, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga want to reach out to Chattanooga’s young leaders. UTC will host a leadership workshop with Goodwin in conjunction with her lecture, and all of the participating organizations intend to use the event as a mechanism for raising civil discourse among Chattanooga’s new and seasoned leaders alike.
CreateHere is always interested in engaging the next generation of Chattanooga’s leaders. For more information on LeadHere, a fellowship program that employs young innovators, please visit our site.
We’re excited to announce that CreateHere will be offering $150,000 in artist grants next year through our MakeWork program. Applications will be available on January 6, but in the meantime, we encourage you and your closest creative confidantes to consider what role you can play in making MakeWork projects as dynamic and important to Chattanooga as they were in 2008. Keep the gears turning, and your eyes pealed for more information.
For information on MakeWork, check out our website.
Eating Out for the Environment Friday, December 12, 2008
Blue Orleans, located in the Clarke Center where Main meets Market, is partnering with the Trust for Public Land (TPL). Between December 13 and 19, Blue Orleans will donate 20% of your purchase to TPL and their initiatives in Chattanooga.
For more information on the Trust for Public Land, visit tpl.org.