Featured Mentor: Helen Johnson

7 Apr

Helen co-founded CreateHere in 2007 and has served since its inception as co-president and creative strategist.  Under the combined leadership of she and her co-president, CreateHere has strategically focused on utilizing creativity and innovation as tools to spur local development in arts, economy and culture. CreateHere works to animate and inspire Chattanooga’s people by promoting “big picture” vision.

Active in local environmental issues, Helen is a founding member of Take Root, a non-profit project that organizes urban tree plantings throughout Chattanooga to double the existing tree canopy. This effort fosters environmental health while inspiring residents to invest in the livelihood of their communities. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga.

Prior to co-founding CreateHere, Helen spent a dozen years in non-profit and arts administration, building the nationally-ranked 4 Bridges Arts Festival, coordinating innovative museum education programs at the Hunter Museum of American Art, as well as designing and launching community focused arts initiatives at Allied Arts.  She holds a BFA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.



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