Our Work

CRANES, CROWNS, & SCALES, TILA STUDIOS - OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2017

 Monet takes in the art at the "Cranes, Crowns, & Scales" opening reception at TILA Studios in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Dierra Font. 

Monet takes in the art at the "Cranes, Crowns, & Scales" opening reception at TILA Studios in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Dierra Font. 

 "Cranes, Crowns, & Scales" Workbooks by the 800 Collective, cover design by Taylor Augusta Robinson. Photo by Sierra King. 

"Cranes, Crowns, & Scales" Workbooks by the 800 Collective, cover design by Taylor Augusta Robinson. Photo by Sierra King. 

Inspired by Solange Knowles's landmark 2016 album, "A Seat at the Table," 800 Collective collaborated with TILA Studios (an Atlanta co-working space for creative women) to produce "Cranes, Crowns, and Scales," an art exhibit and workshop to express the music and themes of the album. The exhibit presented the work of artists from Atlanta, New York, and Chattanooga, and was curated by Artist and 800 collaborator LeAndra LeSeur and the incredible team of TILA, led by its Executive Director, Tiffany LaTrice. Following the Friday opening reception, guests and community youth participated in Saturday afternoon workshops with workbook activities inspired by tracks, while listening to the album. Workbooks can be purchased here

 

COLOR YOUR CITY, at chattanooga MINI MAKER FAIRE - SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

 Josiah guides young participants to painting on the "Color Your City" mural at the Mini Maker Faire. Photo by Olga de Klein.

Josiah guides young participants to painting on the "Color Your City" mural at the Mini Maker Faire. Photo by Olga de Klein.

Artists Mary Ann Twitty and Josiah Golson created the 800 "Color Your City" project for Chattanooga's 2017 Mini Maker Faire. Hundreds of visitors followed a ‘paint-by-numbers’ approach, in which the artists asked them a series of questions about themselves and their city. The process gave participants a unique opportunity to discuss their city, while providing responses in artistic expressions on the mural. The completed work will be on display in various locations in the city, and 800 Collective is currently working on a similar project with Glass House Collective to inform street-scaping and development.

 

THE ART OF FREE SPACE, ATLANTA 800 SESSION - JANUARY 25, 2016

 Ogechi shares her drawing and its meaning during our 800 Session, "The Art of Free Space," in Atlanta, GA. Photo by LeAndra LeSeur

Ogechi shares her drawing and its meaning during our 800 Session, "The Art of Free Space," in Atlanta, GA. Photo by LeAndra LeSeur

In January 2017, the 800 Collective kicked off the new year of programming in Atlanta's Fuse Arts Center, with "The Art of Free Space," a session inviting participants to explore the dynamics of spaces that empower or limit their expression. Through creating and sharing our experiences, we discussed the resources and strategies necessary to speak up for ourselves and others in spaces in which we've been silent in the past. 

 

'DIVERSE-CITY' TEACH, POP-UP ART SESSIONS, MAY THROUGH JUNE 2016

 Participants get acquainted during an 800 pop-up session on Glass Street. Photo by Casey Hyde.

Participants get acquainted during an 800 pop-up session on Glass Street. Photo by Casey Hyde.

In the Spring of 2016, 800 Collective hosted a series of pop-up art workshops throughout the city where current or formal students dialogued in an outdoor classroom about their experiences with teachers. The workshops, attended by educators, students, and parents from throughout Hamilton County, shed light on the issues we face in trying to improve our schools and opportunities for the rising generation of students. 

 

TO THINE BE TRUE, Mural Project at The Howard School - Fall 2015 through Fall 2016

  Howard  students review drawings for the "To Thine Be True" mural. 

Howard students review drawings for the "To Thine Be True" mural. 

Throughout the Fall 2015 school year, artists with the 800 Collective worked with Howard School students and art staff to conceive and paint a mural project in the school cafeteria to celebrate Howard's 150th anniversary as the first public school in the region open to African American students, and it's role in Chattanooga's history and future. 

 

The [st]ART Up, an 800 Session - October 12, 2015

 Juliet shares a drawing during our "stART Up" session. Photo by Chelsea Conrad.

Juliet shares a drawing during our "stART Up" session. Photo by Chelsea Conrad.

As a host of Chattanooga's annual "Start Up Week," 800 held a special art session that challenged participants to identify what artists and entrepreneurs shared in common and how public art could foster the innovation throughout a community. 

 

THE WELCOME WELL, an 800 project - September 25, 2015

 Josiah works with a young budding artist on the Welcome Well at the "Gospel on Glass" music festival on September 27, 2015. Photo by Ashton Lance.

Josiah works with a young budding artist on the Welcome Well at the "Gospel on Glass" music festival on September 27, 2015. Photo by Ashton Lance.

The Welcome Well is a public installation that uses sculpture and collage to tell the story of how people come together through the medium of water. On a well-like structure are photos of people at segregated drinking fountains, pools and restaurants. Visitors to the well have their portraits drawn and then integrate their images onto the photos to diversify the scene. The Welcome Well has been worked on by Chattanoogans at several public scenes and is currently on display at Chattanooga City Hall.

 

mixed medi-us, AN 800 AFFAIR - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

 Tiffany and LaDarrell lay down the first lines and colors for the "Coloring Scroll" table at our "Mixed Medi-Us" event at Causeway. Photo by Jequise Beverly.

Tiffany and LaDarrell lay down the first lines and colors for the "Coloring Scroll" table at our "Mixed Medi-Us" event at Causeway. Photo by Jequise Beverly.

At Mixed Medi-Us, 800 brought out artists from different backgrounds, styles and parts of Chattanooga to mix, be merry, and make art. Through art stations and mini-labs, artists and creatives connected and shared ideas and good times.