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Arts-Based Collaborative
The Arts-Based Collaborative at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (ABC at UTC) is a community-engaged center under the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies.

Formerly known as the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, ABC at UTC builds off the center’s thirty year history of programs in arts education and arts integration through engaging interdisciplinary connections in and through the arts.

The mission of ABC at UTC is to integrate arts-based solutions across multiple fields and disciplines to shape a collaborative workforce while amplifying diverse voices, perspectives, and skillsets into an arts-rich world of today and tomorrow.

This collection of stories highlights the transformative impact of arts-based learning through the collaborative’s programs and partnerships on and off campus.   

Ways to Connect
  • Jennifer Lynberg knows about teaching prospective teachers how to teach. She is an assistant professor in the School of Education on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she has worked with UTC’s Arts-Based Collaborative - or abc@utc.
  • Michael “Arche” Twitty is a storyteller who found his voice in poetry. A Chattanooga native, Arche is a poet, playwright, actor and educator who helps others to discover - and cultivate - their own voices.
  • Jason Tinney plays many roles - on and off stage. An author, actor, musician and storyteller, he is assistant theatre director at the McCallie School here in Chattanooga - and a simulated patient actor and scriptwriter for the Arts-Based Collaborative here at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in partnership with the UTC School of Nursing.
  • On our campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Irene Hillman is director of student success at the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Her work with students, faculty and community partners includes the Arts Based Collaborative here at UTC, abc@utc.
  • (aired Thu 12/09/21) One thing that art and medicine have in common: collaboration. Dr. Mukta Panda is a professor of medicine - and Assistant Dean for Wellbeing and Medical Student Education - at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
  • Each year, the Challenger STEM Learning Center here on our UTC campus serves thousands of students and hundreds of teachers in Tennessee, Georgia,…
  • Kelvin Boyd works for EPB here in Chattanooga.He was hired as a fiber optic technician - one of the first to install fiber in this city.Now, he’s on the…
  • Here on our UTC campus, Dr. Valerie Rutledge is Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.We talked about her years of service to…
  • A storyteller plays many roles - as Holly Morse-Ellington will tell you.Last year, she became a simulated patient actor for nursing students on our campus…
  • Claire Stockman’s job in the Hamilton County Schools is Content Lead for the Arts.I spoke with her about what she does for teachers and students across…