CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 29, 2023) – EPB’s 10th Street Community Mural will soon feature 10 more local Chattanooga area artists whose work will be displayed on the third side of its 10th Street Substation. The 2023 mural theme is “Traditions on MLK” and highlights family traditions throughout the years in Downtown Chattanooga’s Martin Luther King Boulevard area.
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.
This year, the selected artists will paint new murals on nine panels located in the alley behind Memo’s grill, running parallel to E. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Murals completed over the last two years honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Chattanooga history, and well-known Chattanooga community members on the Foster and E. 10th Streets sides of the building.
“We are honored to provide a platform for local artists to share their talents with the community,” said EPB Director of Residential Energy and Environmental Solutions Elizabeth Hammitt. “We are increasingly thankful for our supportive community partners that provide guidance throughout the entirety of this process, from selecting artists all the way to unveiling their completed works.”
This project would not be possible without the support of community partners such as ArtsBuild, Association of Visual Arts, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, City of Chattanooga’s Public Art Chattanooga, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Memo’s Grill, River City Company, Stove Works, the Hunter Art Museum, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
“This project has continued to produce meaningful artwork that creates a sense of vibrancy and community in the MLK area,” said James McKissic, President of ArtsBuild. “Supporting EPB’s 10th Street Mural Project has allowed us to be part of the impact of these public art pieces. We are thrilled to see what the artists selected for this year’s mural will create.”
This is the third year of a four-year project. EPB will begin to accept submissions for the fourth and final wall of the substation in late 2023.
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.
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