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Creative Discovery Museum launches nationwide competition for new Plaza art piece

The Creative Discovery Museum is launching a national competition to create an interactive work of art that will be the centerpiece of a redesigned entrance and plaza. In the first phase of the competition, CDM is looking for qualifications artists and artist-led teams to develop proposals to create a work that reflects the playful spirit of the museum and welcomes visitors to the museum.

Up to three teams will be selected and each will receive a stipend of $ 3,500 to develop site-specific concept design proposals. The winning concept design will be used to raise funds for the construction of public works of art and redevelopment of the plaza. Proposals are due April 12 at 1 p.m.

The artwork will create a punchy and iconic focal point in the museum square that encourages “Instagramable” and photographable moments. The piece will invite all children and adults to engage in play and interact with sound, light, scale or kinetics before entering the museum’s entrance doors.

“The Creative Discovery Museum is the gateway to downtown Chattanooga,” said Henry Schulson, executive director of CDM. “The artwork and the renovation of CDM Square will leave a lasting impression on visitors and provide all members of our community with a space to gather and interact.

The redesigned Plaza will transform the 300 Chestnut Block into a vibrant and engaging civic space. The design will be representative of the museum’s energetic and creative personality while complementing its neighbors – the Hilton Garden Inn and AMC Majestic 12 theater. CDM will lead this project while collaborating with stakeholders and businesses along Chestnut Street. Funding for the planning phase is provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for an artist to be part of the public experience of the Creative Discovery Museum and downtown Chattanooga,” said Katelyn Kirnie, public art consultant. “It is impressive that the museum is making a substantial investment in a work of art that will give back to the community by creating a space of wonder and discovery for all outside its front door. Much like the museum, the artwork is sure to inspire children of all ages to explore, innovate, create and play.

Ignite Discovery: create the new CDM The fundraising campaign will fund comprehensive renovations to CDM’s 43,000 square foot facility, providing children and families with opportunities to explore, innovate, create and play for generations to come. The initiative centers on three objectives: ensuring that CDM remains a leader in experiential learning, a gathering place for all children and a gateway to a bustling city center. Chattanooga. To date, $ 8.82 million of the $ 10 million goal has been raised from a wide range of supporters including businesses, foundations and community leaders. Construction and renovation of the exhibition will begin in August 2021.

Ignite Discovery addresses community challenges that were identified in a 2018 feasibility study conducted by POWER 10, an Atlanta-based fundraising company that previously helped with the campaign. These challenges include strengthening early childhood education, providing new opportunities for children and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning, increasing access for all children regardless of their background, and helping to revitalize the Riverfront District. In addition to facility renovations, this campaign meets each need by updating and installing new exhibits, expanding awareness programs and creating a vibrant new urban space on CDM Square.

Ignite Discovery: The creation of the new CDM campaign is chaired by Susu and Paul Brock and Leah and Jay Hill.


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