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26 March 2024 · 5 min. read

EPB to Add 10 New Works to Community Mural on 10th Street

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 26, 2024)– EPB’s 10th Street Community Mural will soon feature 10 more local Chattanooga area artists whose work will be displayed on the fourth and final side of its 10th Street Substation. The 2024 mural theme is “The Magic of Unity” and illustrates the possibilities of change when we work together as one.

An outside group of community stakeholders used an anonymous judging process to select the following 10 artists who live or work in EPB’s service territory based on the submission’s artistic value, community reflection and thematic relevance.

  • Christen McNelly
  • Jaclyn Lewis
  • Jerome Foster
  • Juanita Montgomery
  • Justin Butts
  • Karen Estes
  • Lexi D’Ambrosio
  • Olivia Reckert
  • Rea Shaw
  • Sofia Rudakevych

This year, the selected artists will paint new murals on ten panels on the wall running parallel to Douglas Heights Apartments. Murals completed over the last two years honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Chattanooga history and well-known Chattanooga community members on the other three sides of the installation.

“At EPB we value art and how it can impact the community we serve, especially when created by local artists whose work uplifts the history of our area,” said EPB Director of Residential Energy and Environmental Solutions Elizabeth Hammitt. “With the support of our community partners, we are able to provide a platform for artists to further their skills while also sharing their talents and vision with their community.”

This project would not be possible without the support of community partners such as ArtsBuild, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, City of Chattanooga-Public Art Chattanooga, Association for the Visual Arts, Hunter Museum of American Art, Stove Works, River City Company, Chatt Foundation (formerly the Community Kitchen), Five Star Breaktime Solutions, Riverside Development LLC, the MLK Neighborhood Association and numerous MLK district businesses and stakeholders.

“Over the past four years, the 10th Murals Project has added vibrancy to the MLK Blvd area by celebrating the history, traditions and culture of the area,” said James McKissic, President of ArtsBuild. “Partnering with EPB by supporting local artists in their creation of these masterpieces has been rewarding and we are pleased to see the lasting impact of their work even after this project’s completion.”

This is the final year of this project. The final murals will be revealed to the media in June.

About EPB

EPB delivers advanced smart city infrastructure and world-class energy and connectivity solutions, including 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 America’s first community-wide Gig-speed internet in 2010, later expanding the ubiquitously available service to 10 Gig in 2015 and 25 Gig in 2022. Ever committed to keeping Chattanooga on the cutting edge, in 2022, EPB established EPB Quantum NetworkSM powered by Qubitekk, America’s first industry-led, commercially available quantum network designed for private companies as well as government and university researchers to run quantum equipment and applications in an established fiber optic environment.

EPB utilizes its fiber optic network as the communications backbone for more than 200,000 smart switches, sensors and other devices. As a result, the Chattanooga area’s power distribution system is the most advanced and highly automated smart grid in the nation. This led the U.S. Department of Energy to name 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, earning such recognitions as the R&D 100 Award for its work to apply quantum technologies to securing America’s electric grid. 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.

EPB is an independent board of the City of Chattanooga which began serving customers in 1939 and today reaches a 600-square-mile service territory that includes the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the surrounding area. Visit for more information.


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