Chattanooga, TN (August 27, 2018) – After a three-month application and selection process, five Hamilton County teachers and three schools have been selected to compete in EPB’s ArtSpark Goes to School pilot educational program. Launched in April 2018, ArtSpark is a collaboration of community partners that engages students through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education to create artwork for public places while learning about electricity.
The schools and teachers selected for “ArtSpark Goes to School” are: Sherri Heinz, the Howard School; Katie Claiborne, Hixson High School; Lacey Jones, Hixson High School; Chad Burnette, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA); Justin Black, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA).
"Unleashing the power of our students' creativity and giving our teachers an opportunity to teach real-life professional concepts is one way EPB is supporting our schools,” said Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB Director of Community & Environmental Stewardship. “Through these strong partnerships, our community will be showcasing this student work in some of the most frequently traveled areas of our city."
The “ArtSpark Goes to School” theme for 2018 is "The Beauty of Electricity," which pays tribute to the important moments in life that are powered by electricity. Students will learn how to design a work of art, which will be translated into a vinyl wrap to cover five prominent downtown-area EPB utility boxes. The lesson plan has been created by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and its Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, with input from community partners. EPB employees will help students understand Chattanooga’s smart grid and graphic design, and assist them through the professional artist's process while teaching real-life job skills and integrating art into STEAM-related themes.
“We are excited for high school Art students to create and display work for the Chattanooga community through ‘ArtSpark Goes to School’,” said Claire Stockman, Content Lead for the Arts, Hamilton County Schools. “This opportunity provides students knowledge and experience in STEAM subjects and expands their worldview outside the classroom. Our teachers, in partnership with EPB, the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, and other partners, will facilitate lessons that will help our students shine.”
EPB’s “ArtSpark Goes to School” program is a partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and its Southeast Center for the Creative Arts, River City Company, Hamilton County Schools (HCDE), Public Art Chattanooga and ArtsBuild.
Students will complete their designs by October 2018, and an independent community panel will determine one winner from each of the five classes. All of the students’ work will be celebrated and revealed during a public event later in the fall. For more information, please visit https://epb.com/community/artspark.
In addition to the student program, there is an option for professional artists to design vinyl wraps for downtown traffic signal cabinets led by River City Company, in partnership with Public Art Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Department of Transportation. For more information on that program, please visit www.artsparkcha.com.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 Mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid. Go to EPB.com for more information.