Chattanooga artists gather together at Storytelling Spaces event
Three-day event will showcase local stories through local art
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Miller Plaza was just stop number one for Storytelling Spaces, which features several Chattanooga artists — all of whom received grants facilitated through The Enterprise Center.
Everything from photography to canvas art to puppetry was showcased, but behind each art lies a story to be heard.
“Whether its homelessness or the power of words and why they’re important, it’s really just all about bringing people together and reminding them that we can come together and do great things and we can care about our community in ways that are really helpful and beneficial to us all,” said Gabrielle Chevalier of The Enterprise Center.
Local artist Josiah Golson believes the three-day event can help bring local stories to life again after isolation took over for so many in 2020.
“Coming back out into communities, being able to engage and see each other once again, it was really critical that we were able to support artists that are already doing amazing work, but figure out a way how they can share that work a little more with the communities that they serve,” Golson said.
Golson says the stories behind some of the local artwork speak of “neighborhoods, individuals and families throughout Chattanooga.”
He believes this allows local residents the opportunity “to feel seen and heard,” and says it helps build connections with the artists, themselves.
“When you’re able to see the people that create this work in their element and you’re able to share a conversation with them and get to know them, then you have all the more appreciation for the art in your community and you can contribute to it all the more,” Golson said.
Storytelling Spaces will continue Thursday, May 5, at the Avondale Community Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and conclude Saturday, May 7 at The Bethlehem Center from 1 to 3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.