Site: A four block area of storefronts on Glass Street
Artists: 22 East Chattanooga teens in collaboration with lead artists Frances McDonald, John McLeod, and Alexa Williams (Asst.)
Partners: Glass House Collective, Studio Everything, Tennessee Arts Commission, Lillian L. Colby Foundation, Front Porch Alliance, UNFoundation, Giving Tuesday, Jay & Ellen Heavilon, Coca Cola, YMCA Mobile Fit Program
Description: Animations on Glass Street consists of a series of small murals, which can be described as Tactical Urbanism projects. Tactical Urbanism is a collection of low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment intended to improve local neighborhoods and city gathering places. Mark Making led 40 hours of work sessions for 22 urban, low-income youth over a two-week period, including their design and execution of 7 animations and 10 “winks” resulting in a 4 block area of beautification along Glass Street in East Chattanooga. The participants, Magic Markers, learned hard skills associated with art mural installation while generating income based on merit. Work readiness skills taught in the classroom included leadership, problem-solving, reliability, and making wise choices.