ArtSpace is officially open! This exhibit is the newest completed phase of the Ignite Discovery capital campaign renovations. The official opening on August 27 was highly anticipated and well received by Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) members, visitors, donors, and members of the arts community in Chattanooga.
In this new exhibit, visitors can experience visual and performing arts through hands-on activities and interactive elements spanning a variety of techniques and forms:
"With the opening of the new ArtSpace exhibit, Creative Discovery Museum continues to introduce the arts to children from a young age," said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. "This exhibit continues to grow and support the Tennessee arts community both locally in Chattanooga and regionally through interactive, hands-on experiences."
Many local artists have contributed art installations or reproductions that are featured throughout ArtSpace. Artists include:
Area students will also have featured artwork in select places throughout the exhibit.
“We are delighted to present an exhibit that provides many opportunities for children to express their creativity through different art forms,” said Henry Schulson, President and CEO of CDM. “When we opened over 27 years ago, we had few connections to the local art community. This exhibit celebrates the close relationship we have with local artists and highlights their talents in all its diversity.”
In addition to the opening of ArtSpace, other popular exhibits have reopened on the second floor, including Buzz Alley and the Tower. Make It has also moved from the first floor into its home in the new STEM Zone exhibit on the second floor. The remaining galleries in STEM Zone and the outdoor rooftop area, TreeHouse Adventure, are still under renovation and expected to be open by November.
ArtSpace is supported by funding from ArtsBuild and Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC),as well as the Bright Family, Caldwell and Cake Families, Chuck Chitty, and the Bobby Stone Foundation. CDM is an ArtsBuild Community Arts Partner. Funding from TAC was supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
To learn more about the Ignite Discovery capital campaign and the comprehensive renovations taking place at CDM, visit ignitecdm.com.
About Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) is a non-profit, hands-on, children’s museum providing educational programs and exhibits in the arts and sciences. The Museum services nearly 300,000 individuals annually through museum visits, educational programs, free and reduced-price admission and much more. CDM is a prime tourist attraction and ranks among the best children’s museums in the country. The Museum’s vision is to make our community the best place for a child to grow up.