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Connecting the Dots

The University recently sponsored the City of Chattanooga’s Education, Arts and Culture, Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga “Connecting the Dots,” a summit exploring social issues and the arts at Memorial Auditorium’s Community Theatre.

“We hope the summit serves as a beginning for new collaborations in arts and social issues,” said Assistant Vice Chancellor Chuck Cantrell.

The keynote speaker was Rick Lowe, founder and executive director of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas.

In the early 1990s African American artist Rick Lowe was attempting to identify a venue in which artists could display their art. With the community’s help, Lowe was able to transform abandoned and dilapidated row houses into a community art center, housing for single pregnant mothers, and office space. These houses became known as Project Row House and they continue to flourish today.

“After listening to Rick’s ideas and participating in a breakout session at the summit, it is clear to me that the University can enhance its role as a corporate good neighbor,” Cantrell said. “The University takes that responsibility seriously—partnering with other non-profit entities to improve the quality of life in the community through arts education.”

April 17, 2006

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