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Camp employs youth to beautify Glass Street

July 16th, 2017.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

"Guitar music sounds softly as nearly a dozen local teens color strokes on a canvas to hang on a vacant building.

By beautifying the building, they hope to raise Glass Street and the East Chattanooga community out of the disinvestment that pulls it down."




4/26 WRCBtv Chattanooga Artist Helps Inmates Discover their Creative Talents

4/17 The UTC Echo Murals and Movements in Chattanooga

3/13 Chattanooga Times Free Press Art Exhibit features work by Hamilton County inmates


7/20 The Pulse Wallets for Change!

7/12 Chattanooga Times Free Press Region News Citizen Craftsman

6/30 News Channel 12 Interview What’s Right with Our Schools

6/20 Chattanooga Times Free Press Program Helps Inmates Find Their Artistic Side 

6/4 News Channel 9 Students decorate East Chattanooga traffic cabinets

6/3 Glass House Collective Blog Mark Making’s Colorful Traffic Cabs

5/30 Chattanooga Times Free Press Arts Calendar Mark Making celebrating installation of 'Life Energy'

5/27 Chattanooga Times Free Press Hamilton County Jail inmates unveil “Birds of Freedom” mural on Glass Street

5/25 News Channel 12 Interview with Mark Making

5/24 News Chanel 9 Hamilton County inmates deliver message to the public through mural

 5/22 The Traffic Cabinets In East Chattanooga Animated With Designs By Local Teens

5/22 Mark Making and Inmates Install New Birds of Freedom Mural


8/1 Glass House Collective Blog It’s Summertime on Glass Street!

6/26 News Channel 12 Teens Transform Glass Street in Magic Markers Project

6/16 Chattanooga Times Free Press Camp employs youth to beautify Glass Street

6/9 News Channel 12 Magic Marker Program Teaches Young People Skills on Getting and Keeping a Job


11/20  UTC Video by Ashlyn Pace and Jayden Cartelli
Mark Making

Mark Making Unveils Flag on the Two Three

Bluff Furnace and Chattanooga Industry

8/8  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Making marks of magic: Teens learn work skills by creating music video

New Mural Unveiled at Bethlehem Center on Friday

PHOTOS: Bethlehem Center Holds “We Fly” Mural Unveiling Celebration Monday Morning

6/8  Be Magazine
Mark Making Celebrates New Mural in South Chattanooga to be Unveiled Saturday


12/30  Chattanooga Times Free Press Community News
Mark Making celebrates community with Glass Street Holiday Party

12/5  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Business Briefs: Mescon to Head Mark Making 

Mark Making Announces Phyllis Mescon As New Executive Director

12/3  The Pulse (cover story)
The Masks We Make

10/20  WRCB
New Mural Unveiled in East Chattanooga

PHOTOS: New Mark Making Mural in East Chattanooga

10/17  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga area teenagers finish 100-foot long mural

10/15  WGOW The Brian Joyce Show
Interview about Pollinators

Mural Unveiling in East Chattanooga

Christa Mannarino named Interim Executive Director at Mark Making

7/29  Chattanooga Pulse
Teens paint their neighborhood beautiful

7/22  Chattanooga Times Free Press Community News
Glass Street gets more colorful

7/17  Hamilton County Herald
Teens battle heat, graffiti in Mark Making project

Inner-city kids leave their artistic mark on East Chattanooga

7/11  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga youths paint mural, enrich Glass Street

PHOTOS: “Magic Markers” Celebrates Completion Of Mural Project on Glass Street

7/10  WTVC News Channel 9
Magic Markers in East Chattanooga

7/3  WDEF News 12
AIM Center members working on Alton Park mural

7/1  WTVC News Channel 9
AIM Center members working to beautify Bethlehem Center

6/23  Mutual of Omaha
Frances McDonald’s Aha Moment

3/25  WRCB Channel 3
Orchard Knob Middle School students help with East Chattanooga mural project

1/25  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Business Digest: Mark Making board adds 6

Mark Making Announces New Executive Board Members for 2015 

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Students decorate East Chattanooga traffic cabinets

June 4th, 2018

New Channel 9 

"Students from Orchard Knob Middle and High, Brainerd High School, and Hixson High Schools helped decorate city traffic cabinets Thursday.

More than 130 students participated. Of those, six designs were chosen."



PHOTOS: Mark Making Christmas Party 

Betternooga:  Consider the Youth
How Can We Serve the At-risk Population Better? 

Mark Making Launches Magic Markers Program 

Oct/Nov  The Artist’s Magazine
How the Caged Bird Paints 

9/20 Community Voices
More Than Just a Mark

Northside Neighborhood wins $20,000 in Community Foundation’s The Greater Race

9/5  WDEF News 12
New Glass Street Art Studio & Park

9/4  Chattanooga Pulse
Polishing Glass Street 

9/3 Community News Metro Weekly
Glass Street Celebrates Revitalization 

Mark Making and Glass House Collective Host Ribbon Cutting

8/18  Chattanooga Magazine
Contagious Citizenship: Public Art Works Suggest Solutions and Build Skills

The Lost Music Town of Tennessee

7/30  WRCBtv
3H Group Hotels Partnered With Mark Making to Celebrate Art

Tennessee Jail Using Art to Assist Inmates

Tennessee Jail Using Art to Assist Inmates

7/22  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Hamilton County Jail Inmates Find an Escape in Art

6/13  Arts Journal Blog
Aesthetic Grounds – Public Art Images from the Week

6/13  WUTC Radio
Mark Making Is On the Move

5/29  The Pulse
Fighting Addiction with Art

5/28  Times Free Press Weekly Community News
Springhill Suites Hosts Anniversary Event Benefiting Mark Making

Teens Battling Drug Addiction Create Inspirational Mural

5/19  News Channel 9 – Mural Painted By Recovering Addicts Unveiled On Main Street

New Mural Sends Message of Hope

Recovering Teens Find New Outlets Through Art

300 Foot Mural Symbolizing Hope Created By Chattanooga Teens Battling Drug Addiction To Be Unveiled

Community Gathers to Celebrate Downtown Chattanooga Hotel’s Second Birthday

Mark Making Moves to East Chattanooga

Mark Making Unveils Addition To “20/20 VISION” Mural

Come FACE to FACE with Chattanooga Youth in New Mural

Mark Making Unveiling “FACE to FACE” Mural

Chattanoogans Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/20 News Channel 3
“FACE to FACE” Mural Unveiling by WRBC Staff

Tweet posted by Chloe Morrison “FACE to FACE” Unveiling

Tommie Brown Speaks at MLK Jr. Celebration in Chattanooga 

Mark Making to Unveil “FACE to FACE” Mural on MLK day


Mark Making Installing “Face to Face”, A Mural About, By, and for East Chattanooga

11/26  WNOO 1260 AM “City of Chattanooga Neighborhood” Series

11/14  88.1 FM WUTC “Around & About”
Mark Making Creating Murals with 3-D Portraits

New Mark Making Mural Celebrates Career of Dr. William Whiteside

10/22  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Fall Break Camp

Mark Making and Glass House Collective have Paint, Print and Paste Camp

Mark Making in Retrospective

7/10  88.1 FM WUTC’s Around & About
New Mural Depicts Historical Chattanooga Sit-Ins 

Mark Making

Photos: The Bessie Smith Strut – photos by Maggie Beringer

6/6  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga Mural to Cover Bessie Smith Painting

New Mural Honors Chattanooga History –Associated Press

6/3  Fox 61
New Mural Honors Civil Rights Movement

6/3  Tennessee News
New Mural Honors Chattanooga History

6/2  The Tennessean
Chattanooga Civil Rights Mural Honors Moment in 1960s Sit-ins –Associated Press

6/2  The Jackson Sun
State Briefs: Man Dead After Being Struck on I-40; Mural Honors Chattanooga History

We Shall Not Be Moved: Celebrating A History of Cultural Organizing and Struggle in Chattanooga

Mark Making’s Newest Mural Calaveras Opens On Main Street

12 Girls from Girls Leadership Academy Participate in Mural Project 

2/28  The Roll Call
An Expression of Freedom in the Jail

2/21  88.1 M. WUTC’s Around & About
Art Goes Into Hamilton County Jail

PHOTOS: Art by Inmates at The County Jail by Wes Shultz

2/5  News Channel 9
Inmates Create Mural 

Universe Space 

Artists/Exhibits: Hamilton County-Chattanooga Courts Building

1/31  The Pulse
Inmates Create Own ‘Space’ With Mural

Opening Reception For Jail Art Exhibit Is Tuesday

1/17  The University Echo
UHON Service Learning Projects Underway

Frances McDonald- “Life is a Collage”




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Royal Procession on glass street 

December 3, 2015

The Pulse

"They examined the masks of Egyptian pharaohs and the exquisite bronze heads cast in the Empire of Benin. And from these, a group of 14 teens, ages 13-16 from East Chat- tanooga drew inspiration to create images of their own faces. These masks will soon be mounted in positions looking down on Glass Street. They will become, in fact, “The Kings and Queens of East Chattanooga.”



12/31  102.3 FM Talk Radio
“FRED The Show”  with Jeff Styles

11/29  Chattanooga News Chronicle
Mark Making Unveils New Mural- “20/20 Vision”

Howard Students Complete Riverfront Parkway Mural

11/18  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Protecting the Finish photo by Angela Lewis

11/12  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Letter to the Editor Murals Bring Life Lessons by Cassie Terpening

10/31  WNOO 1260 AM
“The Community Awareness Show @ 2pm”

10/31  Chattanooga Times Free Press, Metro Weekly
Howard School Students Partner with Professional Artists to Create Public Art

10/24  Metro Weekly Community News
Howard School Students Team with Professionals to Create Public Art 

Artists, Howard Students Bring Mural to Riverfront Parkway

10/6  WDEF News 12
Howard Students Express Vision with Riverside Mural

20/20 Vision Mural Painting is Saturday and Sunday 

Metal Canvases at Westside Industrial Site Eyed by Art Students for Fall Project

8/12  The Bridge, Vol. 2
Art at 45 mph: Hope is Hovering Over Martin Luther King Boulevard

7/31  WNOO 1260 AM
“Neighborhood Talk”

7/17  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Still Making Music

7/27  Chattanooga Times Free Press
New M.L. King Mural Depicts Heyday of Music on 9th Street

M.L. King Boulevard: What it Was, What it Could Be Business Owners Discuss the Strut, the Boulevard

6/10  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Once, the Boulevard Bustled. Today the Thrill is Gone. But Dreams of Revival Live On

Mark Making Reveals Ambitious New Project Photo Slideshow by Wesley Schulz

“Big 9 Legends” Mural Installed on ML King Boulevard

Mark Making Reveals New Project with Big 9 Legends

5/12  Chatter Magazine
City In Color

4/17  Hart Gallery Newsletter
Help, Share, Love

3/23  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Lunchtime Stroll

Words of Revitalization by Sannah Parker

3/9-14  The Pulse
New Works Frazzle- and Cost- Free

3/2  UTC Blog
Update: Check Out Student Art on MLK Railroad Overpass

Words of Revitalization Installed on MLK Railroad Overpass – Local Students Pick Words that Represent Their Dreams for the Neighborhood

2/16  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Words of Encouragement: Students Use Expression to Enhance Community

Mark Making’s Overpass Project to be Installed Wednesday

A Touch of Silver and Gold on Martin Luther King Boulevard: Mark Making’s Overpass Project

1/21  PechaKucha Volume 7
Holmberg Institute, Hunter Art Museum 

1/18  WRCB 3 Eyewitness News
3 Plus You

1/12  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Re-energized Through Art: Yearlong Effort Aims to Beautify Historic M.L. King Boulevard with Murals


Winter 2011  Society for Industrial Archaeology Newsletter
Copula Art Teaches Iron History at Bluff Furnace

11/2  Moody Radio WMBW 88.9 FM
Moody in the Morning

Aug./Sept.  Chattanooga Magazine
Hart Gallery Connects a Community

8/9  WDEF News 12
Mural Begins M.L. King Revitalization Project

Sculpture Unveiled at Bethlehem Center Invokes History, Future, Community, Area Kids Collaborate with Local Artist During Summer Workshop

8/1  News Talk 95.3 FM “Afternoon News with David Karnes and Janis Hashe”

7/19  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Project provides art along M.L. King Boulevard

Artist Uses Ancient Symbol in New Sculpture to Teach Universal Message

4/21  The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo
Letter to the Editor: Furnace Shows Area’s Technological Advances 

4/3  WDEF News 12
Artists Paint Downtown Chattanooga Mural

3/30  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Storm Damage Repair

3/27  Chattanooga Times Free Press
‘Drawn In’ Visitors to Jewish Cultural Center Gallery’s New Exhibit Will be Encouraged to Question and Reflect

2/22  WUTC 88.1 FM “Around and About”
Renowned Massey Brothers to do Chattanooga Workshop

UTC Faculty, Alumni, Students Construct Public Art Installation

1/5  WUTC 88.1 FM “Around and About”
Bluff Furnace Now a Work of Art

1/3  Talk Monster WGOW 102.3 “Live and Local”

1/2 – Bluff Furnace Project Photo slideshow Show by Wes Schultz

1/1  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Bluff View Artwork


Smithsonian Exhibit Makes Stop at Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Mural Project Seeks to Incite Change at Parkway Towers

Mark Making and CSAS Install Tile Wall at School 

Urban HeArt Beat Graffiti Event This Thursday-Sunday

9/8 “Community”
HomeHart Gallery Opens During Gallery Hop 

Young Chattanooga Girls Paint an Outdoor Mural video by Wes Rehberg

Reception Held for Mark Making Project Wings II



CSAS Students Begin Barton Avenue Mural Project 

Allied Arts Awards 17 Arts Build Communitites Grants

Murals Completed at Community of Christ Church in East Chattanooga

Mark Making and East Chattanooga Kids Paint First Unbroken Community Mural

Homes Sculpture Project Installed on Main

50 Young Artists Create Murals at Ross Hotel