Chattanooga’s AIM Center: A Visual Feature
The works pictured here were created by participants of the Applied Arts program at the AIM Center. The AIM Center (Achievement, Independence, and Motivation) is a nonprofit organization that helps adults in the Chattanooga region live productive lives while managing serious mental illness. The AIM Center offers employment, education, housing, and social opportunities, as well as a community of hope.
The Applied Arts program provides participants the chance for self-expression in a safe, supportive environment. While their lives provide context and inform their artwork, the challenges often imposed on them due to their diagnosis evaporate in the art studio.
Examples of other recent projects include:
- “One Hundred Views of Chattanooga”: a coffee table book featuring original artwork by 21 AIM Center attendees. These personal interpretations of sights around Chattanooga were painted from plein air sketches created over a two-year period during numerous field trips.
- “Positive Space”: a 12-foot-tall concrete and mosaic tile sculpture outside of the AIM Center offices. Incorporating tile work from 45 AIM Center artists and 15 individuals from partnering organizations, this public art sculpture was created in dedication to Bonnie Currey-Stamps, the co-founder and first CEO of the agency. This monumental work stands as a reminder of the power of art to animate the urban environment, as well as the vitality existing in those whose abilities and insights simply need an opportunity for expression.