published Thursday, June 20th, 2013

New officiated busking program in Chattanooga starts in July

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Snake charmers, human statues and mimes are not an every day fixture on Scenic City streets, but with the implementation of a new program, the sidewalks may become a decidedly more interesting place to be.

Chattanooga Presents has announced the implementation of a busking program to help inject artistic energy into several designated downtown spaces.

The program will run from July 5 through Sept. 8. It will “provide a variety of performers, or 'buskers,' with the opportunity to showcase their talents and entertain the public,” according to a news release.

“This type of performance is the same thing as public art — it is public art,” says program mastermind and Chattanooga Presents media coordinator Jonathan Susman.

Performers interested in applying for the program must do so by July 2. Artists should send a link with a display of their work to Susman at or mail a press kit to Chattanooga Presents! Offices at 400 E. Main Street.

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Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...

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