The Public Art Commission is responsible for “The Passage,” located next to the Tennessee Aquarium. (Photo: Staff)

During its most recent meeting, City Council voted to establish the Public Art Commission and annex parts of the Lookout Mountain Conservancy.

Public Art Commission
What used to be the Public Art Committee is now the Public Art Commission after City Council members voted to establish the commission during the Feb. 6 meeting.


The commission is responsible for planning public art exhibits around Chattanooga and has been doing so since 2001. The change reflects a formality that will solidify the commission’s responsibilities and create more transparency.

“Over the years, our program has transitioned from a community organization to now a full-fledged city department, and so it is just sort of a formality in signing over those responsibilities and having them support city staff,” Public Art Commission Director Katelyn Kirnie said.

The Public Art Commission is responsible for the art along the waterfront in downtown, the sculptures on Main Street and the blue trees scattered across the city.

Lookout Mountain Conservancy
A resolution to annex several parcels of land owned by the Lookout Mountain Conservancy reappeared in City Council after being postponed in November.

At that time, representatives for the conservancy argued the property would be endangered if not annexed into city limits.

Because the conservancy is now within city limits, it can receive utilities and emergency services through the city.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah