Chattanooga, TN (Mar. 29, 2022) - EPB has chosen twelve Chattanooga area artists to work on a public art community mural on the second side of its 10th Street Substation. The 2022 mural theme is “Voices of MLK” to highlight the history, heritage and significance of Downtown Chattanooga’s Martin Luther King Boulevard area. An outside group of community stakeholders selected the following twelve artists that live or work in the EPB service territory based on their submission’s artistic value, community reflection and relevance to the theme.
The community can look forward to seeing a variety of artwork on the artists’ murals honoring MLK, Chattanooga history and icons and other community standouts. This year the mural wall will face Foster Street and there are 11 panels that the chosen artists will paint.
"It's such an honor to promote the talent of our local, diverse artists,” said Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB Director of Residential Energy and Environmental Solutions. “We continue to be impressed by the level of talent that we have seen and are so grateful to our many community partners who select the art through a blind judging process and advise us every step of the way."
A number of community partners made this project possible including ArtsBuild, Association of Visual Arts, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, City of Chattanooga’s Public Art Chattanooga, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, MLK Neighborhood Association, RISE Chattanooga, River City Company, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
“I’m thrilled to see this next round of artists who will be bringing so much vibrancy to the MLK Neighborhood with their talents,” said James McKissic, President of ArtsBuild. “I’m proud that we’re able to support EPB’s 10th Street Mural Project and look forward to seeing all of the new murals coming to downtown.”
This is the second year of the four-year project. EPB will take submissions to create a public mural on the third side of the substation wall in late 2022.
EPB serves the people of the Chattanooga area with advanced smart city infrastructure to enable world-class energy and connectivity solutions that include the most resilient smart grid power distribution system in the United States and the fastest internet in the world. EPB gained national notice when it deployed a community-wide fiber optic network accessible to all its customers and used it to launch America’s first Gig-speed internet in 2010 (beating Google Fiber by 4 years) as well as the first 10 Gig internet service available as a standard offer to all residences and businesses in 2015.
EPB also utilized the fiber optic network as the communications backbone for deploying more than 200,000 smart switches, sensors and other devices to establish the most advanced and highly automated smart grid in the nation. As a result, the U.S. Department of Energy named EPB a living laboratory for pioneering smart grid technologies. Since then, EPB has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and more than 20 other national research partners to play a critical role in more than $155 million in smart city research. EPB was also the first major power distribution utility to earn the GBCI’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid in 2015 and followed up in 2021 by re-certifying at PEER Gold.
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