Students from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Criminal Justice program and University High students will soon collaborate for a pour-painting project and community gallery event.
On Friday, Nov. 10, the college and high school students will come together to launch “Pouring for Purpose: Building Pathways to Ethics and Equity,” a gallery and partner-building event taking place from 1-3 p.m. at the UTC Challenger STEM Learning Center (located on campus at 755 E. 5th St.).
Open to the public, the event will begin with the UTC criminal justice students teaching their University High counterparts a short lesson about ethics—followed by the gallery activity in which the two student groups will have created a wide range of hand-poured paintings for display.
University High, comprised of 56 high school juniors, is a partnership between UTC and Hamilton County Schools. The University High students, whose classes take place on the UTC campus where their school is headquartered, are enrolled in college-level courses taught by UTC faculty and directly supported by high school courses taught by HCS teachers.
The pour-painting event was organized by UTC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Katelyn Hancock, who said representatives from various criminal justice and social service organizations in the Chattanooga community will be on hand to create their own unique canvas paintings.
“I really believe in active learning, and I think allowing our students to teach high school students about ethics while also completing an experiential painting project is a great opportunity for all involved,” Hancock said. “I also wanted to link the gallery with community organizations to build a pathway from UTC to places that serve our community and places where our students may work upon graduation.
“I’m truly grateful to be given this opportunity and I am thrilled to show potential future Mocs how fun our programs are.”
Cash donations for student paintings can be given in exchange for taking a painting, with all proceeds raised benefiting the Chattanooga Hamilton County Family Justice Center.
“Pouring for Purpose: Building Pathways to Ethics and Equity” is sponsored by a High Impact Practices Grant from UTC’s Walker Center for Teaching and Learning and a Professional Development Grant from UTC’s Division of Access and Engagement.