The 800 Collective makes creative spaces accessible to artists and "non-artists" alike, so that we can create a common civic language and community together without the barriers that often get in the way of progress. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to engage our communities in genuine civic discourse and development through facilitating  art workshops, projects, and exhibits inspired by their voices and creativity. In the process, we work to support our artists with opportunities to connect, create work and gain exposure through their work.


800 is named for its original meeting space at the historic Lovemans Building at 800 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and The Eight, a group of early American artists who pursued “art for life’s sake.”

We are not here to do what has already been done.
— Robert Henri, The Art Spirit


  • Recurring art workshops ("800 sessions"), inspired by the issues we face and open to artists, art lovers and anyone from the public who is interested change and creativity.
  • Partnering with community organizations to creatively analyze community issues and to create ways to push dialogue and develop solutions.
  • Pop-up art project that connect and engage the community with relevant themes, subjects and issues through creative interaction.
  • Interactive art shows that creatively engage the community with the issues it's identified in workshops, while promoting the work and talent of the artists creating the experiences and exhibits.