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Chattanoogans can take on a new challenge by moving beyond our tremendous downtown and apply the same creative and intellectual energies to the communities that surround it.

Designing Health

A little over a year ago, I was asked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to be part of a panel discussion at the AIGA Head, Heart, Hand: Design Conference. I shared the stage with Doug Powell from IBM, Matthew Trowbridge, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Virginia School of...

We can't just keep marching and rallying. What we need to not do is plant seeds and not come back and water them.

An Open Letter to Black Leaders

I'm from East Lake Courts, and my organization has taken a stand against violence.


I don't care what kind of violence it is. Sexual violence, gun violence, domestic violence. We should not be losing our young kids because of stupidity.

He hopes to see a Chattanooga that blends the arts, has a less disjointed creative scene and more unified and diverse audiences...

Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Christian Collier

"Being an artist means being comfortable with doing everything you can do, as much as you can, and being ok with not being enough." - Christian Collier


Many artists are known for their mastery of a particular form – an artist is a painter, or she is a singer,...

Every time a young person dies, from a war, from the streets, from the police, all of us should try to find the answers to prevent another senseless death.

What Ferguson Taught Us: A Brief Study in Questions

How many white parents have to teach their children to fear the police? How many white communities call in police experts, including the police chief, to teach their children what to do if approached by the police? How many organizations are allowed to police themselves?