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June 25, 2019
Passageways 2.0 City Thread Recognized as One of the Top Public Art Projects in U.S.
Passageways 2.0 City Thread Recognized as One of the Top Public Art Projects in U.S.

Americans for the Arts named Passageways 2.0's City Thread installation as one of 50 outstanding public art projects created in 2018. Whether you've visited the alley at one of our many events, we hope you visit this newly minted award winning space soon.


A program of River City Company in partnership with Tinker Ma and Public Art Chattanooga, Passageways 2.0 permanent alleyway installation, City Thread, opened in November 2018 at 10 E. 7th St. in Downtown Chattanooga. Occupying a 6,200 square foot alley, City Thread, a concept from SPORTS, the architecture and design collaborative of Molly Hunker and Greg Corso in Syracuse, New York, is an art-as-urban-infrastructure installation that uses a continuous sculpture through the alley that allows for multiple uses. Since its opening, the alley has hosted multiple community events including concerts, movie nights, happy hours, informative courses in topics like flower arranging and an outdoor children’s classroom.


This art piece has transformed the alley into an interactive public art experience, providing a sense of discovery and exploration within our urban environment and is a place for our community and local businesses to utilize and enjoy.


“The best of public art can challenge, delight, educate and illuminate. Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns and communities we inhabit and visit,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “As these Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate, public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can. I congratulate the artists and commissioning groups for these community treasures, and I look forward to honoring more great works in the years to come.”


For more details concerning the Americans for the Arts Passageways 2.0 City Thread recognition, click here


To learn more about the program and see upcoming events in the alley, visit