Every neighborhood has its own unique story to tell – a dynamic story created by its people, places, and events. Neighboroots is an initiative to help Chattanoogans recognize their neighborhood history through public art, performances, and historical markers.

Virtual Studios Inc. was hired to manufacture and install two Neighboroots historical marker projects, one for the Belvior Community and another for the Churchville Community.

The Churchville historical marker is a double sided custom high pressure laminate panel (CHPL) with Graffiti proof graphics that was installed at the corner of 3rd Street and Orchard Knob Avenue.

The Belvior historical marker was installed at the intersection of Amhurst Avenue and Lonsdale Drive. We worked with the City’s historian, their designer, the Mayor’s office, and the individual community associations which through a team effort compiled and designed the information presented on the Neighboroots signs.

Anyone in Chattanooga can apply to receive a Neighboroots project in their community. A group of neighborhood leaders and historians will review and evaluate each application, recommend which projects receive funding, and assist applicants to implement their project. Residents can apply for one of three types of Neighboroots projects:

  1. Through Art in the Neighborhoods, the Public Art division celebrates and honors neighborhoods with artwork that reflects the distinctive spirit of its residents.
  2. Performance Arts grants will be distributed to Chattanoogans who wish to celebrate their neighborhoods’ culture and history through temporary performance art.
  3. Historical markers will commemorate people, events or places that had an important impact on Chattanooga.