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CURRENT PROJECTS / EVENTS

After the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, Chattanooga's streets, along with streets around the country and world, burst in peaceful protests for social justice and racial equity.

Whose Streets - Our Streets opened on Columbus Day, now often marked as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12th and will run through November 21st.

Local photographer J. Adams, immersed himself in the protests and captured poignant, vibrant images of Chattanooga’s I Can’t Breathe #CHA movement, the leaders and the hundreds of people who joined in night after night.

This unique exhibit has been organized by local independent curator, Carmen J. Davis

The photographs are available to purchase.

NOTE:

Due to our COVID-19 safety standards, Whose Streets - Our Streets will be available to view at RISE Chattanooga by appointment only at this time. (Private and small group viewing appointment only) Please reach us directly at info@risecha.org for appointment times / dates.

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MOVEMENT IN ART (MIA)

COMMUNIITY CHALLENGE THEME: 

YOUR VOICE, YOUR POWER, YOUR VOTE

What is MIA?

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 levels of artistic disciplines. In order to reflect the grassroots nature of social movements, the featured work will be selected by a collective group of local notable artists/performers and community organizers and will displayed throughout the city on selected storefronts, billboards, and social media platforms. The project theme will rotate throughout the project year to reflect our city's evolving social and cultural landscape.

Art has historically been a major feature of social movement (political or otherwise) in the United States. As we see our country in the midst of social unrest and calls for change, we have also seen artists do their part to document and give voice to the struggles and victories of their communities. This work is being done in Chattanooga, but the opportunity to show that work is lacking. MIA aims to provide expressive platforms for our artists to continue being our community artistic anchors as well as provide financial support for their works.

In an effort to increase voter turnout, RISE placed an open call for creatives of all disciplines in October 2020 with the selected theme of “Your Voice, Your Power, Your Vote.”

Visual art, poetry & spoken word, photography, original songs and taped live performances were accepted.  All submissions that meet the criteria will be included and featured on RISE Chattanooga’s

website and social media platforms.

Here are the top submissions!

Many thanks and congratulations to the following local creatives for their amazing work!

 

Robert Schoolfield

Rachel Landrum Crumble

C-Grimey

Brit Sigh

Miracle Hurley

Arturo Gomez

Kemmer Anderson

Speak To Me
By Miracle Hurley

Words on a page
I want to hear the between
What’s not said
What hasn’t been spoken
Knowing who you are when the curtains
are closed
Speak to me
What have you seen?
Lives taken
Displayed in cages
Swinging from ropes
Hands tied behind backs
Treated with disdain
A mockery of flesh
Ripped out of pages
Teach me your wisdom
So that I may know who I am
And this life I’ve been given
Won’t be wasted
Lost in time
I know the past of what you speak
For it is my present
The fight became a gift that was never
wrought
Through this lifetime and the next
I will not fail
To bring to light

The power of who you are
For this power lives in me too
The power of who you are is who I am
Woman incarnate
Mother
Daughter
Teacher
Lover
Fighter of truth and freedom
The light that lives within
Can never be hidden
Your words spoken
through peepholes and under stairs
Will speak to me one day
I am who I will become because you
paved the way
Your blood, sweat and tears
Run through these veins now
Your life is wisdom
My life became truth
For all women like me
Born of Babylon
To live is to die to be reborn out of the
ashes
Above the pain
Beneath the sky
I came to be your dream

By Arturo Gomez

Racism is Not a Bone


“I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
 --Joe Biden and Donald Trump

It is a proclivity, however latent
in the human to make self
the measure of all things. 

It is a specific slight, or grudge doused
with lighter fluid waiting for a spark
of generalization to incinerate
a people group to featureless toast.

It is my cup of tea, or your
plate of sushi, made into law.

It is a symphony of scapegoating,
as in Trump’s crowd chanting:
“Send her back.” 

It is brown untreated Flint River water 
leeching lead from old pipes,
sickening a poor and predominately
black  population for years.

It is glad-handing in Black churches
while funding agencies that abort
nearly three times more black babies
than white ones. *

It is the syntax of suffering 
labeled “non-standard”
by the propaganda of privilege. 


Rachel Landrum Crumble

By Brit Sigh

By Robert Schoolfield

The 8:46 Leaves the Station

 

George Floyd’s spirit moves beyond the shroud

of racism that fogs this land with fear.

Courage marches with power to be loud

in the name of justice and truth to clear

 

economic barriers bankrupt and near

collapse to make this broken nation free

of memory’s burden, scarred from slave chains

worn both by black Abels and white Cains,

 

lost to a brotherhood of reconciliation to see

all people equal to the task of liberty.

On the tracks, the 8:46 prayer trains

leave behind the old self too proud

 

to make a change from choosing greed and death

whether by pollution, or police knee.

Our human rights provide for breath.

Now is the time to make trouble holy.

 

Kemmer Anderson

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