Chattanooga, TN (February 15, 2019) – EPB congratulates 12 Hamilton County students who won the “ArtSpark Goes to School Challenge.” Designs were chosen by a committee of representatives from community organizations. Their “The Beauty of Electricity” themed designs will be used to create vinyl wraps that will cover EPB utility boxes in downtown Chattanooga.
The “ArtSpark Goes to School Challenge” is a pilot educational program developed in collaboration with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and other community partners that engages high school students through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education to learn about electricity while creating artwork for public spaces.
The winning students and schools are as follows:
“The creativity of our students is inspiring,” said Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB Director of Environmental Stewardship and Community. “The dedication of these teachers to our students’ success and the great work they are creating is something we can all be proud of.”
The “The Beauty of Electricity” art work was chosen from classes taught by Lacey Jones and Katie Claiborne at Hixson High School, Justin Black and Chad Burnette at The Chattanooga Center for the Creative Arts, and Sherry Heinz at the Howard School. Lesson plans were developed by UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) in collaboration with EPB, with the goal of providing students a real world project that simulates the experience of a professional artist.
“The creative and critical thinking skills that students demonstrated through their artwork reflect how visual art prepares us for today’s workforce. This project’s success was evident through the wide range of ideas presented, thoughtful insights, and interdisciplinary connections students made,” says Laurie Melnik Allen, the Executive Director at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. “The center was honored to partner on The Beauty of Electricity project, and we’re excited to see each of the winning designs implemented across downtown Chattanooga.”
“ArtSpark Goes to School Challenge” partners included River City Company, Hamilton County Department of Education, ArtsBuild, The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Public Art Chattanooga.
The utility boxes are scheduled to be wrapped with the winning designs in the spring of 2019.
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. For more information, go to EPB.com.