about us

R.I.S.E. (Responsive Initiatives for Social Empowerment), formerly known as Jazzanooga, which started as a one day Jazz festival in 2011 has quickly evolved into an independent minority led arts organization dedicated to using the arts to transcend cultural barriers and addressing the lack of arts and cultural programming in the Chattanooga area. 




In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in keeping the health and well-being of our audience, creative community of artists and performers, visitors, staff  and interns our top priority, we have temporarily suspended our programs and services at our sites.


We are now pivoting our focus in providing much needed support and information to our community members, with a special emphasis on our creative cultural communities.


We continue to closely monitor the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential impact it may have in our community and will continually update and provide details on our website as they become available.


Be well, be safe and thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Check out our latest editions of Chattanooga's Arts & Culture Online Publication,

CoCo Magazine

Tune into our eclectic blend of community voices sharing diverse and engaging stories from a different perspective,


Explore our our past live community performances, educational sessions and more


Creative Underground Sessions

Live Impromptu musical performances conducted by Chattanooga's creative community members.

This featured showcase is unrehearsed.

Artists / Performers are just given the concept, the song selection and musical key.


A ten week program focused on giving creatives of color a foundation in what it means to thrive as an independent contractor/creative entrepreneur.

The course covers legal structures, fundraising, grant writing, networking, and many other skills.

It also comes with the opportunity to earn up to $2,000, at completion of the course, to do an community arts project.

upcoming events

October 2020 Dates Announcement Coming Soon

upcoming projects


Movement in Art  (MIA) is a novel project from RISE Chattanooga that will amplify the voices of Chattanooga-area artists creating socially-conscious work.


The project will be open to all artists. In order to reflect the grassroots nature of social movements, selected featured works will be displayed on Chattanooga storefronts, billboards, and our social media platforms. The theme will rotate quarterly under the banner of “activist art” and “change-oriented art.”


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Chattanooga, Tennessee 37401


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Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

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