East Lake Public Art Project
with ELLA Chattanooga

East Lake is a culturally diverse community with a broad range of arts in the neighborhood.  ELLA Chattanooga is a community arts organization in East Lake that uses the power of language and art to help people connect and express themselves through story sharing community projects and events.

The City of Chattanooga is currently investing in capital projects in various phases of completion throughout the East Lake community, which include the renovations of East Lake Park and the East Lake Youth and Family Development (YFD) Center. Public Art Chattanooga will align with these investments by installing a public artwork.

PAC is partnering with ELLA Chattanooga's leadership, Jazmine LeBlanc and Audrey Menard, to work as Creative Strategists and lead creative engagement activities at the YFD Center, schools, convenience stores, laundromats, and other community events, designed to encourage East Lake residents to participate in the visioning, theme and location of the piece.

Community Engagement Activities

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A 82"x 82" Public Art display board with 20 public art examples traveled throughout the community to prompt initial conversation, feedback and learn more about public art preferences. 

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During a five-day series of trash cleanups, the ELLA team recorded and discussed sounds associated with the neighborhood.


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Based on the work of artist Candy Chang, Success Path is  a community engagement path constructed with stenciled  questions regarding children's hope and dreams links East Lake Academy and East Lake Elementary. Children chalk in their responses along the success path so that one can continue to answer the questions.

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A gallery of photographs, videos, and multimedia artworks created by residents throughout these engagement efforts.

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Soap Box





A percussion instrument was fabricated from trash materials sourced during the "Sound of Clean" clean-ups. The soundscape piece premiered in celebration of Music Music Day on June 21st.








Soapbox is a mobile, elevated platform providing the opportunity for a community member to respond to a public art prompt. If the participant allows, their responses are recorded.

ELLA Chattanooga Leadership

JAZMINE LEBLANC - Executive Director

Jazmine has twelve years of experience in project and event management. A multi-disciplinary dabbler, she is very pragmatic and the perfect pairing to the art world.


AUDREY MENARD - Artistic Director

Audrey is a community-loving, bilingual teaching artist who shares her appreciation for colors and textures. She is a trained artist who possesses patience and understanding to explain complicated practices to help anyone feel like an artist.

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