What could be better than donuts + coffee + music in a garden?
Last Wednesday, we met local community members at Taking Root Community Garden, located at the corner of Main St. and Watkins St, for a special performance by OneBeat, an organization dedicated to cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music.
OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. The group performed last week as part of Startup Week, and graciously agreed to play in the garden for the residents of Ridgedale.
The Taking Root Community Garden is an offshoot program of NEEMA Resettlement Outreach, a program supported by St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga. The community garden is a safe space where residents of the Ridgedale community can learn about other cultures and customs. The hands behind this project belong to Father Peter, who has been working in the garden for almost 2 years.
Over 30 people came to the garden to meet the musicians, enjoy music and munch on coffee and donuts. Thanks to our partner Empower Chattanooga and Christie Burns for helping us with this great event.
Join us for the next Breakfast in the Garden, coming soon!
- From Daniela Peterson, Community Engagement Specialist at CNE