All Posts from 2010
Supernova Friday, December 31, 2010
On December 31, 2011, CreateHere will close its doors, culminating five years of work in what we’re calling Supernova, a term scientists use to describe a stellar explosion.
Simply put, after a supernova, one of two things can happen: This explosion can create a black hole or new stars. As we head towards Supernova, it is a time for many things, among them reflection. Here are a few of the things from 2010 that stand out to us.
CreateHere 2010 Highlights Reel
*MakeWork - Received 153 applications totaling 1.6 million in requests. The MakeWork jury granted the total funds available, 125k to 14 artists/artisans.
* There were 93 SpringBoard graduates, including 2 courses taught for credit at Covenant College
* We saw the launch of the Accelerator, a process for startups that must raise equity capital
* LifeKraze, a SpringBoard and Accelerator participant, raised $1.25 MM and set up shop on East Main Street.
* The Company Lab launched in September
* The CoLab’s launch event Will This Float? attracted over 220 attendees
* CoLab helped generate momentum and interest in the launching of a new investment fund for startups
* We traveled to Detroit for the Detroit Civic Intervention and saw great progress there that informed several great local efforts
* The City R&D event attracted 40+ individuals from multiple disciplines to draft scenarios for local connectivity issues
* We added over 450 Downloadable legacy files to the CreateHere site (will eventually grow to 3000)
* STAND: 26,263 surveys, i.e. 1.2 million pieces of STAND Data tabulated and released
* Stand Road Show - The CreateHere team made 60+ presentations to over 2,500 people
What’s coming? For the next year, the deadline of a self-imposed supernova adds extra fuel to the fire that drives our work.
It does more than keep us on our toes. It mandates that we push our work harder than ever before, collaborate with strong partners and continue our exploration and implementation of new methodologies that drive community progress.
We’ve taken half a year to delve deeply into the results of the Stand survey. It’s no surprise that Chattanoogans are concerned with the big issues of education, crime, jobs and the environment.
Individuals in the community must drive change in these areas in spite of the fact that these challenges seem institutionalized and virtually impenetrable.
Over the next 365 days, CreateHere, with our partners, will invite you to participate in the following initiatives. You will find that they are a fusion of traditional and new approaches to community engagement in the areas of concern highlighted by Stand.
We believe that these initiatives help form a civic toolkit that offers a creative, structured approach to collaborative civic engagement.
In 2011, the MakeWork Arts Grants program will provide $100,000 of grant funds to artists in the Chattanooga area. Our 2011 guidelines will be announced in January.
MakeWork provides funding to artists and artisans in a broad range of disciplines. Over four years, we have infused $575,000 into the creative community through this program.
MakeWork grants may fund projects, studio assistance and career advancement. All grant allocation decisions are made by an expert panel of jurors drawn from both the local community and the region. We will offer a grant training session to provide additional support to interested applicants.
Shift is an awareness movement focused on Chattanooga’s public education system with an aim to change the way we view education. Committed to continuous improvement, Shift emphasizes the importance of strong school systems in Chattanooga and beyond. Through coordinated advertising and awareness activities, Shift helps re-frame the educational debate in our community and shine a light on successes in public schools.
Partners: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, and others to be announced soon.
Inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, Broken Windows Brigade encourages citizens reduce the signs of blight in their neighborhoods with the knowledge that doing so is a task concerned with much more than urban beautification-it’s about erasing the contexts for crime and ensuring that neighborhoods remain safe places to live, work, and play.
Partners: Chattanooga Housing Authority , Hope for the Inner City, United Way “Tool Library”, Baylor School.
The Company Lab exists to help entrepreneurs and start-ups figure out how to survive and thrive in the Chattanooga area. They do this through an 8-week business planning class called Springboard, a free workspace called co.lab, panel discussions and seminars, guided Peer Roundtables featuring CEOs of successful local companies, and business pitch and launching events like Will This Float? and 48Hour Launch. In short, it’s a place for entrepreneurs to go with their boldest ideas, launch them and keep them moving forward.
Take Root launched in 2007 as an effort to organize urban tree plantings throughout Chattanooga to double the existing tree canopy and make dynamic contributions to Chattanooga’s cityscape with gifts and projects that last. Local citizens have begun to feel the benefits of a denser tree population and are currently learning how to plant and care for trees themselves through Take Root’s Citizen Forester program.
Partners: The City of Chattanooga Department of Urban Forestry, The City of Cleveland Department of Urban Forestry, Girl Scouts.
The next 365 days will be an adventure in working together with people who love Chattanooga, Tennessee as much as we do. As Margaret Mead said, it does indeed take a small group of thoughtful people to change the world. That feels like good advice for all of us.
Let’s use 2011 to work together, even harder, to build and grow our community.
For more information about CreateHere, these initiatives and how to get involved, keep an eye on CreateHere.org or email info [at] createhere [dot] org.
Art needed for “NEEDLES: Cultural and Contemporary” Friday, December 17, 2010
The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga would like to invite Chattanooga artists to submit work for consideration in an exhibit entitled “NEEDLES: Cultural and Contemporary.”
This is not a “traditional” needlework exhibit. The JFGC is looking for craftspeople and artists to loan or make available for purchase needlework that is ready to be exhibited on a wall. Any work that uses a needle in its creation (utilitarian or not) is fair game—knitted, crocheted, tatted, embroidered by hand or machine, hooked, etc. The Jewish Cultural Center does not take commission on sales from exhibits and is expecting to mount 40-45 pieces for the exhibit.
To participate, send images of up to 4 pieces along with a list of materials and the size of the piece(s) to atreadwell [at] jewishchattanooga [dot] com. If you do not have electronic images, please contact Ann Treadwell at 423-493-0270 to arrange an appointment for her to see the work.
The purpose of the JFGC gallery is to create conversations in the Chattanooga community and the needlework will be exhibited at the Jewish Cultural Center at 5461 North Terrace Road in Chattanooga.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga is a 501 c-3 organization and a United Way agency. More information is available at the Jewish Federation’s website. All services of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga are available to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.
Chattanooga Book Arts Collaborative Workshop on January 16 Thursday, December 16, 2010
CreateHere is pleased to host the first meeting of The Chattanooga Book Arts Collaborative (CBAC) on Sunday, January 16 from 2-5pm. CBAC is a newly formed group whose mission is to build a community of book artists in Chattanooga. Over the coming year, CBAC will offer a series of workshops on how to create hand-made books, offering a chance to talk to other “bookies” who want to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of the craft.
This first meeting is a workshop on long stitch binding led by Nora Bernhardt, a local book artist and the founder of CBAC. It’s the perfect event for those new to books, with experience in book making, and those with a love of books who may be curious about the process.
There are many ways to bind a book, but long stitch binding can be one of the most beautiful. In this method, pages are sewn together with long stitches through the book spine, which allows ample opportunity for adding decorative artistic flourishes. Nora Bernhardt will discuss this technique and lead workshop attendees in making a long stitch book.
This is the first meeting of the CBAC, so if you’re interested in attending, you will want to check out the list of required supplies at the Collective website. Materials and kits for the event available for purchase on the 16th as well.
Give Art-o-mat This Holiday Season Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Need a last minute stocking stuffer, white elephant or host gift? Shop the Art-o-mat here at CreateHere!
The Art-o-mat is a re-purposed vintage cigarette machine that vends cigarette pack-sized artwork. For $5 you can buy a token to give as a gift or use that token to pick a great piece of art!
Art-o-mat is fun for all ages. After receiving a token, you simply choose an artist, pull the lever and walk away with an original piece of art! Token or art piece, you’re soon to be a hit with family and friends after giving Art-o-mat. Great finds include jewelry, sculpture, photography, and abstract paintings. You’ll also be supporting our eclectic artistic community here in Chattanooga.
This week, we completely restocked the Art-o-mat with great new pieces. There’s a unique gift for everyone on your list in this old cigarette machine: landscape photographs for your grandparents, beaded jewelry for your sister, robot sculptures (yes, that’s right) for your boyfriend, and more! Check out the pictures to see what we’re talking about.
Come visit us and give the gift of art this holiday season!
Battle Academy needs your help to keep their spot in the top 10 in the Root 4 Kids Competition. If you vote between now and December 31st and help Battle retain their space in the top 10, this great Southside school will receive their choice of a garden, a new Farm to School program, or gardening supplies for one year. Not to mention the excitement the children, the neighborhood and the entire community would feel after winning such an important competition.
Voting is easy: just log on to the Root 4 Kids website, fill out the form on the main page, typing Battle Academy in the “School Name” blank. We just planted a whole bunch of peppers and carrots – you should too!
Here are the top ten schools so far:
1. Saints Peter & Paul School – West Chester, PA
2. Camas Ridge Community School – Eugene, OR
3. Ridgetop Elementary School – Austin, TX
4. Richmond Elementary School – Portland, OR
5. Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning – Chattanooga, TN
6. Damascus Middle School – Damascus, OR
7. Sunnyside Environmental School – Portland, OR
8. Grant Union High School – Sacramento, CA
9. Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush – Philadelphia, PA
10. Rigler Elementary School – Portland, OR