Play Challenge

Winter 2015/2016

 
 
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  A Night Under the Stars   Project Leader: Nicole Lewis Neighborhood: East Chattanooga  A Night Under the Stars will provide an opportunity for East Chattanooga youth to experience some of Chattanooga's greatest public, outdoor spaces, which also happen to be in their own backyard. The program will work with the Good Neighbor Network of East Chattanooga to recruit interested youth, and lead them through a series of hikes, culminating with a campout that includes learning how to build a fire, setting up a tent, and stargazing.

A Night Under the Stars

Project Leader: Nicole Lewis
Neighborhood: East Chattanooga

A Night Under the Stars will provide an opportunity for East Chattanooga youth to experience some of Chattanooga's greatest public, outdoor spaces, which also happen to be in their own backyard. The program will work with the Good Neighbor Network of East Chattanooga to recruit interested youth, and lead them through a series of hikes, culminating with a campout that includes learning how to build a fire, setting up a tent, and stargazing.

  Big Whimsy   Project Leaders: Meredith Levine and Megan Emery Neighborhood: Traveling  Big Whimsy, in partnership with the downtown Chattanooga Public Library, will host an intergenerational tinkering week where members of the community will help build a larger-than-life, glow-in-the-dark version of the game Pick Up Sticks and make a plan for a giant, portable, coloring fort. Once built, these playful installations will make an appearance at many diverse community events throughout the city. "Going big" means these games aren't just for kids--they require the added play of an adult to work properly, resulting in inviting opportunities for play among adults or cooperative intergenerational play.

Big Whimsy

Project Leaders: Meredith Levine and Megan Emery
Neighborhood: Traveling

Big Whimsy, in partnership with the downtown Chattanooga Public Library, will host an intergenerational tinkering week where members of the community will help build a larger-than-life, glow-in-the-dark version of the game Pick Up Sticks and make a plan for a giant, portable, coloring fort. Once built, these playful installations will make an appearance at many diverse community events throughout the city. "Going big" means these games aren't just for kids--they require the added play of an adult to work properly, resulting in inviting opportunities for play among adults or cooperative intergenerational play.

  Book Fiesta in East Lake   Project Leader: Jazmine LeBlanc Neighborhood: East Lake  This group of parents and neighbors in East Lake plan to start a weekly reading group that culminates in a playful Book Fiesta on World Book Day in April, where they will bring some of their favorite books to life with readings and creative activities. This team knows that play has the power to build trust, unity, and cross-cultural understanding among their diverse neighbors and their children. This project will contribute to kindergarten readiness and literacy rates by engaging families in literacy, making books easily accessible and reading fun.

Book Fiesta in East Lake

Project Leader: Jazmine LeBlanc
Neighborhood: East Lake

This group of parents and neighbors in East Lake plan to start a weekly reading group that culminates in a playful Book Fiesta on World Book Day in April, where they will bring some of their favorite books to life with readings and creative activities. This team knows that play has the power to build trust, unity, and cross-cultural understanding among their diverse neighbors and their children. This project will contribute to kindergarten readiness and literacy rates by engaging families in literacy, making books easily accessible and reading fun.

  Camp Wakawalu   Project Leaders: Theresa and Robert Nix Neighborhood: All/Lookout Mountain  Camp Wakawalu was dreamed up by a collection of parents, teachers, physical therapists, pastors, and community members to provide the opportunity for a playful weekend for families in the Chattanooga area who have children with Downs Syndrome. Camp Wakawalu will give more than 200 families in our city the chance to play, relax, and form a support system with other families like theirs. Not only will the children who have Downs Syndrome enjoy each other and their counselors, but moms and dads will benefit from spending time with other parents who "get it," and siblings will meet friends across the city who face the same things in their daily lives.

Camp Wakawalu

Project Leaders: Theresa and Robert Nix
Neighborhood: All/Lookout Mountain

Camp Wakawalu was dreamed up by a collection of parents, teachers, physical therapists, pastors, and community members to provide the opportunity for a playful weekend for families in the Chattanooga area who have children with Downs Syndrome. Camp Wakawalu will give more than 200 families in our city the chance to play, relax, and form a support system with other families like theirs. Not only will the children who have Downs Syndrome enjoy each other and their counselors, but moms and dads will benefit from spending time with other parents who "get it," and siblings will meet friends across the city who face the same things in their daily lives.

 
  Clínica Médicos Playground   Project Leaders: Kelly Arnold, Catherine Carter, Israel Valdes Neighborhood: Highland Park  Clínica Médicos is a unique healthcare clinic that provides bilingual services to Chattanooga's under-served Latino population unrestricted by age, gender, pregnancy, or insurance status. For Latino families, a trip to the doctor for one member is often a trip for the entire family. Children spend hours in the waiting room as other members of the family are seen by the doctor. Building a playground outside of the building will helpClínica Médicos break down the barriers that often keep the community that they serve from receiving the healthcare that they need. Giving children an active outlet to play together while their family members are getting the care that they need will create a welcoming experience from start to finish.

Clínica Médicos Playground

Project Leaders: Kelly Arnold, Catherine Carter, Israel Valdes
Neighborhood: Highland Park

Clínica Médicos is a unique healthcare clinic that provides bilingual services to Chattanooga's under-served Latino population unrestricted by age, gender, pregnancy, or insurance status. For Latino families, a trip to the doctor for one member is often a trip for the entire family. Children spend hours in the waiting room as other members of the family are seen by the doctor. Building a playground outside of the building will helpClínica Médicos break down the barriers that often keep the community that they serve from receiving the healthcare that they need. Giving children an active outlet to play together while their family members are getting the care that they need will create a welcoming experience from start to finish.

  The Muse of Fire Project   Project Leaders: Lisa Crowder and Stevie Ray Dallimore Neighborhood: All  The Muse of Fire Project is a one-of-a-kind, after-school program where students, age 10 to 12, develop original short plays and learn the fundamentals of acting and communicating through the written and spoken word, then local adult actors learn and perform the students' plays. TMOFP aims to build bridges in the Chattanooga community by fostering relationships among kids from different demographic groups, to create an experience of success in young people, and to promote literacy and the arts as fun and accessible to everyone. The result for participants and audiences alike is an evening of wonderful, unique stories dramatized in a way that illustrates how children see the world.

The Muse of Fire Project

Project Leaders: Lisa Crowder and Stevie Ray Dallimore
Neighborhood: All

The Muse of Fire Project is a one-of-a-kind, after-school program where students, age 10 to 12, develop original short plays and learn the fundamentals of acting and communicating through the written and spoken word, then local adult actors learn and perform the students' plays. TMOFP aims to build bridges in the Chattanooga community by fostering relationships among kids from different demographic groups, to create an experience of success in young people, and to promote literacy and the arts as fun and accessible to everyone. The result for participants and audiences alike is an evening of wonderful, unique stories dramatized in a way that illustrates how children see the world.

  P.L.A.Y. (Police Leadership and Youth)   Project Leaders: Roenesha Anderson and George Johnson  Neighborhood: Southside & South Chattanooga  P.L.A.Y. will bring at-risk youth and city authority figures, such as police and firefighters, together through basketball, sports, and other athletic, team-building activities. This team's goal is to create a two-way street for understanding--that the youth might learn not to be afraid of authority figures who are here to help, and that the police and firefighters might get to know and better understand the youth in their communities--by coming together on a level playing field through sports.

P.L.A.Y. (Police Leadership and Youth)

Project Leaders: Roenesha Anderson and George Johnson

Neighborhood: Southside & South Chattanooga

P.L.A.Y. will bring at-risk youth and city authority figures, such as police and firefighters, together through basketball, sports, and other athletic, team-building activities. This team's goal is to create a two-way street for understanding--that the youth might learn not to be afraid of authority figures who are here to help, and that the police and firefighters might get to know and better understand the youth in their communities--by coming together on a level playing field through sports.

  Senior Play   Project Leaders: Anastasia Hanes, Keegan McCarthy, and Benna Curole  Neighborhood: All/Downtown  Local teen volunteers from the Creative Discovery Museum's Museum Apprentice Program will host a special play day event at the museum that focuses on a generation that is often left out of playful activities--senior citizens. This project provides the opportunity to build intergenerational relationships and lessen social isolation through play, making a positive difference in the lives of the seniors, teens, and preschoolers who participate. Senior Play brings together senior citizens, teens, and pre-school children in a dynamic atmosphere which is designed for play and learning.

Senior Play

Project Leaders: Anastasia Hanes, Keegan McCarthy, and Benna Curole

Neighborhood: All/Downtown

Local teen volunteers from the Creative Discovery Museum's Museum Apprentice Program will host a special play day event at the museum that focuses on a generation that is often left out of playful activities--senior citizens. This project provides the opportunity to build intergenerational relationships and lessen social isolation through play, making a positive difference in the lives of the seniors, teens, and preschoolers who participate. Senior Play brings together senior citizens, teens, and pre-school children in a dynamic atmosphere which is designed for play and learning.

  First Street Slide   Project Leader: Ryan Sandwick Neighborhood: Riverfront  Haven't you been wondering what we could do with that broken down glass elevator on First Street between Market and Cherry? Ryan Sandwick wants to turn it into a giant slide that can be enjoyed by everyone through both active and passive play. This playful addition will turn into a common Chattanooga thoroughfare, between the pedestrian bridge and the Aquarium, into an unexpected pocket of play where people can come together.

First Street Slide

Project Leader: Ryan Sandwick
Neighborhood: Riverfront

Haven't you been wondering what we could do with that broken down glass elevator on First Street between Market and Cherry? Ryan Sandwick wants to turn it into a giant slide that can be enjoyed by everyone through both active and passive play. This playful addition will turn into a common Chattanooga thoroughfare, between the pedestrian bridge and the Aquarium, into an unexpected pocket of play where people can come together.

  Like Riding a Bicycle   Project Leaders: Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter Neighborhood: Innovation District  Like Riding a Bicycle is a playful bike tour and skill share in the innovation district, celebrating the untapped skills present in this changing part of Chattanooga. Based on the axiom, "it's like riding a bicycle," this project creates a platform for conversations to happen among neighbors and connections to stick for the long run. Through a self-guided and artist-led bike tour, participants will "race" to learn things from their neighbors--from business know-how to unique do-it-yourself skills.

Like Riding a Bicycle

Project Leaders: Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter
Neighborhood: Innovation District

Like Riding a Bicycle is a playful bike tour and skill share in the innovation district, celebrating the untapped skills present in this changing part of Chattanooga. Based on the axiom, "it's like riding a bicycle," this project creates a platform for conversations to happen among neighbors and connections to stick for the long run. Through a self-guided and artist-led bike tour, participants will "race" to learn things from their neighbors--from business know-how to unique do-it-yourself skills.