Glass House Collective Call to Artists

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Updated: 10/09/2013 2:41 pm

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF): The Glass House Collective continues to move the community forward.

They're using some of the money provided by the Educational Foundation of America to create three thirty-thousand dollar grants for artists.

Director Katherine Currin says they've reaching out to artists across the nation.

"We know that artists have an incredible way of creatively coming at challenges facing our community so we're excited to see what we hear back."

The selected artists will be given studio space working with the community to improve the neighborhood over the course of a year.

Program directors have already invited Resident artist, Rondell Crier to receive one of the grants. He worked through the summer leading youth summer camps. Crier says he's excited to become a part of the initiative.  

"Even if I'm viewing it from the outside it's always exciting.. But to be one of the candidates and one of the participants... It's awesome. You know, and just trying to strategically figure out how my art could make a difference and it becomes more personal."

Currin and those involved believe the Collective has already made an impact on the community.

"we have really kept creativity at the center of everything we've been doing... And we're seeing results."

Reports show that this year the area's seen a decreased crime rate compared to 2012.

 "People are paying attention, you know, it's obvious you cant get away with whatever over here anymore, there's people that care about this community and they're taking a stand and partnering with their neighbors, but also the police dept. And other entities that are helping drive that crime down."

 Currin says they're looking forward to the future

"Things like this are putting wind in our sails, giving us the encouragement that we need to go on and telling us that what we're doing is worthwhile"

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