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December 19, 2013

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“For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.” Every year the lyrics of this holiday song bring joy to the hearts of many, and thanks to the effort of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Chattanooga, a few more of our city's citizens are able to identify with this Christmas jingle. As of October 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga has built 246 houses for families in need. Although the amount of homes built is quantifiable, the positive impact of their work on the community is immeasurable. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is working to help build a better community—and now they are calling all artists to help.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga and new partner AVA are seeking artists’ submissions for ReFORM, an exhibit centered on the theme of home and Habitat’s mission to bring people together to build homes and communities. Interested artists should submit a proposal for an original work of art created utilizing repurposed materials, including materials from Habitat’s ReStore. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga proclaims ReStore to be the Scenic City’s “best-kept secret.” Since 2004, they have been making sure unwanted home goods and building materials find homes in the community (instead of the landfill), while generating funds that support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area’s work. Proposals will be evaluated on their artistic merit, craftsmanship, percentage of repurposed ReStore materials utilized, and adherence to theme and mission.

Any artists interested in submitting their work must do so by Jan. 10. For more information visit, avarts.org/artist-resources/call-to-artists/ or contact Lauren Goforth, education and exhibitions director, at lgoforth@avarts.org or (423) 265-4282, ext.105.

— Keith King

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