In late December 2020, RISE acquired a former church property -- 2 main facilities with gross area of over 14,000 square feet along with three parcels of land) located in the historic Glass Farms District in East Chattanooga.
The immediate neighborhood reflects a mixed-use area with spots of commercial, retail, light industrial, single and multi-family housing surrounding the property. Once known as one of the religious staples in the community, the now abandoned building mirrors the unemployment, divestment, and devaluation of the entire neighborhood.
RISE recognized that where others saw no potential, we envisioned this new site as an opportunity to explore how art & culture can be a positive engine for social and community transformation in underserved and majority minority neighborhoods.
Thus begins our next chapter of creating a welcoming space, a platform for art and small business incubation, cultural exploration, positive development, and neighborhood transformation.