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A Global Stage For Artists In The Chattanooga Area

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The artistic reach of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley spans continents and oceans.

Thanks to a grant program at the nonprofit ArtsBuild, musician Kofi Mawuko and Jazmine LeBlanc, director of the ELLA Library, traveled to Ghana in West Africa late last year to learn storytelling techniques - while filmmaker Pablo Mazariegos of Resilient Story will travel to Guatemala in Central America for a storytelling project on screen.

Last month, I spoke with them - and Miriam Manda of ArtsBuild.

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