Arts & Culture

Did You Know?
For the first time ever, the Tivoli Theater is hosting five Broadway shows in 2017, including “Dirty Dancing,” “Chicago,” “Rent,” “Riverdance,” and “Annie.”

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Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the finest in visual and performing arts. The Hunter Museum of American Art houses American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, the nation’s first and only combined symphonic and opera organization in the United States, offers more than 30 full concerts each season.

The Tivoli and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium host nationally and internationally popular artists. Billed as the Southern Sundance, the Chattanooga Film Festival, with 50 features and 100 shorts, celebrates the art of motion pictures with four days of movies, parties, and events. The Chattanooga Ballet Company and School, composed of both professional dancers and advanced level students, is recognized as one of Tennessee’s leading dance organizations and performs both classical and contemporary works.

The city government, in partnership with nonprofits, actively supports the arts. Through its program, Public Art Chattanooga, a collection of 100 permanent and 42 temporary works of art  are on display in parks, neighborhoods, and sidewalks throughout the city. The city also supports Sculpture Fields, a 33-acre large-scale sculpture park showcasing a collection of international works of art by renowned sculptors. Currently displaying 28 large-scale sculptures, the park was once a city landfill but is now a destination free to the public.

Several local organizations and nonprofits support arts education in the area. ArtsBuild, a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council, supports local art organizations and leads the advancement of arts and culture in the Chattanooga area. ArtsBuild launched The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for teachers to provide a better understanding of the role of arts in the community. Another organization, The Southern Lit Alliance, promotes the literary arts and helps educate and enrich students with programs for creative writing and drama. Each year, it leads the Celebration of Southern Literature which hosts the South’s leading writers and literary fans.

Local organizations and galleries support local artists. The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) supports the advancement of visual arts and provides support for professional and emerging artists. Each year it hosts the 4 Bridges Art Festival and juried art show. AVA also hosts Gallery Hop, featuring 24 galleries, studios, and exhibits. HART Gallery helps homeless artists show and sell their art.

The arts are integral to the authenticity and character of Chattanooga neighborhoods. Community creative placemaking groups, such as Glass House Collective, are reshaping the physical and social character of neighborhoods through art and cultural activities. Each year, the Southside Stroll features open-house events that showcase artists and musicians. The eclectic North Shore area of Chattanooga is home to art galleries, antiques and craft shops, and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the country. The Bluff View Art District, overlooking the Tennessee River, features River Gallery’s regional, national, and international art collection, as well as its award-winning sculpture garden. Restaurants and bakeries celebrate the culinary arts with fresh food, locally grown produce, and artisan baked goods.

Diversity is celebrated and encouraged through the arts. Each year Chattanooga State Community College hosts Culture Fest, which celebrates cultural differences through performing, culinary, literary, and visual arts.  The Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates African American Heritage and is an educational institution and venue for performances, banquets, and meetings. Other events throughout the year celebrate German, Latino, and Native American heritages, along with Chattanooga’s Civil War history.


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THE VISUAL ARTS

Art 120
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 708-2120
art120.org

Art at the INCubator
100 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 752-4301

ArtsyU Paint Party Studio
5076 South Terrace, Ste. 108
Chattanooga, TN 37412
(423) 321-2317
artsychattanooga.com

Association for Visual Arts
30 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 265-4282
avarts.org

Area 61 Gallery
61 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 648-9367
facebook.com/area61chattanooga

Bluff View Art District
411 E. 2nd St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 265-5033
(800) 725-8338
bluffviewartdistrict.com

Brent Sanders Studios
400 E. Main St., Ste. 140A
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 320-5374
brentsanders.com

First Street Sculpture Garden
First and Market Sts.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-3700
downtownchattanooga.org

The Gallery
3918 Dayton Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
(423) 870-2443
partyatthegallery.com

Gallery 1401
1478 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-0015
gallery1401.com

Hart Gallery Tennessee
110 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 521-4707
hartgallerytn.com

Haskel Sears Design
719 Cherry St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(706) 207-0599
haskelsearsdesign.com

iGNiS Glass Studio
409 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-2565
ignisglass.com

In-Town Gallery
26 Frazier Ave., Ste. A
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-9214
intowngallery.com

L.P. Cline Gallery
508 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 265-4786
lpcline-russian-art.com

Miki Boni Studios
1611 Mitchell Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 475-5533
mikiboni.com

Planet Altered
48 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 400-4100

Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery
330 Frazier Ave. Ste., B
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-0585
plumnellyshop.com

Bates Raintree Florist and Fine Arts Gallery
7235 E. Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 892-6112
batesflorist.net

Reflections Gallery
6922 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 892-3072
reflectionsgallerytn.com

Ringgold Art & Frame Gallery
7825 Nashville St.
Ringgold, GA 30736
(706) 935-2844
ringgoldart.com

River Gallery River Gallery Sculpture Garden
400 E. Second St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 265-5033 x5
river-gallery.com

Shuptrine’s
2646 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
By appointment only.
(423) 266-4453
shuptrines.com
shuptrinesgallery.com

Terry Cannon Studio
1209 Lower Brow Rd.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377
(423) 320-0905

Tanner Hill Gallery
3069 S. Broad St., Ste. 3
Chattanooga, TN 37408
tannerhillgallery.com

Townsend Atelier
301 E. 11th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 266-2712
townsendatelier.com

Uptown Art
115 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 602-8580
uptownart.com

UTC Cress Gallery of Art
752 Vine St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 304-9789
crestgallery.org

Visions Stained Glass
400 E. Main St., Ste. 210-A
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 225-3341
visionsgallery.com

Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore
40 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 413-8999
winderbinder.wordpress.com

Zakas Glassworks
8002 Mill Creek Rd.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377

PERFORMING ARTS

ArtsBuild
301 E. 11th St., Ste. 300
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 756-2787
artsbuild.com

Barking Legs Theater
1307 Dodds Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 624-5347
barkinglegs.org

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
701 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 267-8583
chattanoogasymphony.org

Chattanooga Dance and Performing Arts Center
8016 E. Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 531-3024
cdpac.net

Chattanooga Theatre Centre
400 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-8538
theatrecentre.com

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC)
1320 Dodds Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 624-5347
barkinglegs.org

The Comedy Catch at the Chattanooga Choo Choo
1400 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 629-2233
thecomedycatch.com

Mountain Arts Community Center
809 Kentucky Ave.
Signal Mtn., TN 37377
(423) 866-1959
signalmacc.org

Oak Street Playhouse
419 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 653-0440
oakstreetplayhouse.com

Signal Mountain Playhouse
smph.org

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
399 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 757-5580
tivolichattanooga.com

Tivoli Theatre
709 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 757-5580
tivolichattanooga.com

Track 29
1400 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 521-2929
track29.co

MUSEUMS

Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
201 High St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 267-7176
thehoustonmuseum.org

Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 267-0968
huntermuseum.org

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