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Holiday Songbook: Frankie Beverly and Maze ft. the Joe Johnson Band

November 8th, 2012 by bsccadmin

Join us for the holiday edition of Songbook with Songbook: Maze ft. Frankie Beverly on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bessie Smith Performance Hall. Doors open at 6 (please enter through the Vilma Fields Atrium) and show starts at 6:45 p.m.. This Songbook will feature  the Joe Johnson band out of Nashville, TN. Admission is $15 (show only) or $20 (show with meal ticket). The event is open to the public. Food from Greg’s Southern Soul Food will be available as well as a full bar.

* Please note Maze ft. Frankie Beverly will not be at this event, this is part of our Songbook series which pays tribute to African and African American music and musicians.*

The Songbook series is made possible with support from Arts Build Chattanooga and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Participants needed for mural project on Martin Luther King Blvd.

May 4th, 2011 by bsccadmin

We need your help to make MLK Boulevard the best looking, most exciting, and most community-minded neighborhood in Chattanooga!!!!

Over the next year, MLK Blvd. will be visually transformed through the creation of community-based murals.  The Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Mark Making, the MLK Neighborhood Association,  and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga are partnering to create a mural series that will contribute to revitalization efforts and beautify MLK Blvd.

The first mural is planned for JJ’s Bohemia’s west wall (231 E MLK Blvd.).  Participants between the ages of 8 and 80, who would benefit from participating in an empowering experience, are needed to help create the mural. Opportunity limited to those who reside in the Martin Luther King area and space is limited.

Through eight (8) hours of civic and visual arts education taught by professional artists, participants will showcase their talents, serve their community and change the visual character of MLK Blvd.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to participate in a public art project of giant proportions!!!!  If you or members of your organization would like to be one of the select participants, please review the schedule below and contact Carmen Davis at or 423-266-8658.

When Where
May 17, Tuesday, 4-6pm Bessie Smith Cultural Center
May 18, Wednesday, 4-6pm Bessie Smith Cultural Center
May 19, Thursday, 4-6pm Bessie Smith Cultural Center
May 21, Saturday, 1-4pm Volunteer Parking Lot by JJ’s Bohemia (231 ML King Blvd.)
Unveiling Ceremony
May 21, Saturday, 4pm
Volunteer Parking Lot by JJ’s Bohemia (231 ML King Blvd.)

Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color: An evening with Dr. Tritobia Hayes Benjamin

April 4th, 2011 by bsccadmin

Join us at the Hunter Museum for American Art for a talk by very special guest Dr. Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, associate dean of the Division of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, professor of art history, and director of the Gallery of Art at Howard University. Dr. Benjamin is a renowned scholar of African American history who was also a student of Lois Mailou Jones and offers incredible insight into the artist, her life and her work. This evening is free to all university faculty and students, members of the Bessie Smith Cultural center and to Hunter members.

Photo credit: Loïs Mailou Jones, Symboles d’Afrique I, 1980. Acrylic on panel. Courtesy of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust.

* Please note this event will take place at the Hunter Museum, 10 bluff view, chattanooga, tn 37403*

Jazz in the Hall

March 16th, 2011 by bsccadmin

As part of the 10th Anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Creative Underground  and The Links, Incorporated, Chattanooga Chapter  invite you to celebrate the Legacy of Women in Jazz. The celebration will include a  performance by Creative Underground, Youth Musical Ensemble and the exhibit  “All That  Jazz” by artist Jerry Allen.

Museum Hours

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Closed

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