In 2014, the Chattanooga Women’s Center was founded to serve the needs of women in the city, and the group’s mission is to create and maintain a vibrant and inclusive community of female photographers.
Since its inception, the center has worked to foster relationships between local women and the photography community through the Chattanooga Woman’s Center Photography Program, which aims to support the development of talented and passionate women in photography.
Since the center was established, the program has hosted the Chattanooga Photography Festival, a photo competition, and has been a platform for the creation of photography workshops for the community.
In 2014 and 2015, the festival brought in hundreds of photographers to Chattanooga, and in 2016, the Women’s Foundation announced that it would be opening a museum dedicated to the city’s female photographers that would be open to the public for the duration of the festival.
“The Chattanooga Women and Photography Foundation has been able to continue to support our community by expanding its photographic programs through the program,” said Kristin M. Young, the women’s director for the Chattanooga area.
“With the expansion of the museum, we are able to be a part of the history of photography, and it will be a great place for our community to experience the rich history of our city.”
The new museum will be located on the grounds of the Women and Photographers Foundation, and is being constructed in collaboration with the Greater Chattanooga Regional Park District.
The project has been in the works for several years, and as part of that process, Young has worked with the Chattanooga Community Foundation to bring in funds for the project.
“The Chattanooga community has been supportive of the project and is excited about its development,” Young said.
“We are working to support and connect the local community to the program through a partnership with the Georgia Arts Council and the Greater Chattahoochee Arts Council.”
This project is an important way for the Women to connect with the history we share.” “
For example, we want to give our members access to information and photographs from the museum and learn about the women in our community who have come before us.
This project is an important way for the Women to connect with the history we share.”
“In addition to helping our community connect to the history and legacy of the Chattanooga Museum, the project is a great way to connect the city and our community with the many talented women who work in the photography industry,” Young concluded.
The Women and Photojournalism program is a partnership between the Chattanooga Men’s Media Center, the Greater Women’s Media Foundation, the Tennessee Department of Arts and Culture, the Atlanta Women’s Film Foundation, The Chattanooga Museum of Art, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, the American Photographers Association, the Southern Women’s Museum, and The Women’s Photojournalists Association.
For more information, visit www.chattanzamuseum.org/women-and-photography-program.
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