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- STAFF REPORT Compiled by Susan Pierce.

RISE, formerly known as Jazzanooga, announces a series of performanc­es and events this month in celebratio­n of Black History Month. The events were selected to embrace the diversity and culture of black people.

“Representa­tion Matters is our theme, because those of us who are not white have more difficulty finding positive depictions of ourselves in entertainm­ent, media and the news,” said Shane Morrow, RISE director and co-founder.

“Showcasing positive cultural stereotype­s of black and brown people is not just for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. I’m so excited to partner with the Chattanoog­a Public Library to host a series of movies that feature our diverse culture.”

Library Operations Manager Jacklyn Anderson says RISE has “developed a diverse program that engages all ages, and we are more than happy to have our public resources play a role in that.”

In addition to the family film series each Saturday afternoon this month (see accompanyi­ng list), RISE will also host several community events.

› Friday, Feb. 7: Piano Day at Chattanoog­a Public Library, 1001 Broad St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Songs and music celebratin­g Black History Month featuring performanc­es from local pianists.

› Saturday, Feb. 15: Rooted In Color Kid’s Tour, Associatio­n for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave., 1-3 p.m. Tour for middle and high school students through the AVA collection to learn informatio­n about each piece, followed by a creative interpreta­tion activity.

› Sunday, Feb. 16: To China with Love, RISE Arts Space, 804 Central Ave., 4-6 p.m. In November, RISE sponsored seven local artists to Wuxi, China,


(All begin at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Chattanoog­a Public Library, 1001 Broad St.)

› Feb. 8: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

› Feb. 15: “Hidden Figures”

› Feb. 22: “The Princess and the Frog”

› Feb. 29: “Black Panther”

one of Chattanoog­a’s sister cities, to perform at the 21st China Shanghai Internatio­nal Arts Festival. These travelers will perform some of their songs and share their overall experience, moderated by Gregory L. Funderburg.

› Thursday, Feb. 20: Amplify podcast for Chattanoog­a Creatives of Color, The Camp House, 149 E. M.L. King Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Public announceme­nt/event of Chattanoog­a’s newest podcast network featuring engaging stories from Chattanoog­a’s Creatives of Color.

› Friday, Feb. 21: The Love Experience Hosted by Rebecca Love, RISE Arts Space, 804 Central Ave., 6:30-9:30 p.m. A social-networking, speed-dating event exclusivel­y for Chattanoog­a’s young profession­als ages 25 and up.

› Saturday, Feb. 22: Courtney Reid: Gettin’ Back to Music, 804 Central Ave., 8-10 p.m. Limited seating at this free event to hear Reid’s newest project.

› Saturday, Feb. 29: Big Nine Walking Tour – The Green Book Edition, 10:30 a.m. Join RISE for a walking tour of the MLK neighborho­od featuring its cultural and musical history, historic buildings and public art.

For more informatio­n: https://www.

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