3 beautiful murals that will continue to the development of the city as well as embellishing our greenway but most importantly our neighborhood.
  • Petitioned Rodney Keeton

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Parks & Recreation
Rodney Keeton
Mayor, City of Collegedale
John Turner

3 beautiful murals that will continue to the development of the city as well as embellishing our greenway but most importantly our neighborhood.

    1. Alex Loza
    2. Petition by

      Alex Loza

      Collegedale, TN

  1.  
  2.   
September 2014

Victory

Alex Loza: GREAT NEWS!!!

The City of Collegedale Director of Parks & Rec just informed me that today he received the letter from TDOT approving "The Greenway Murals Project". I'll keep everyone updated of the next step. #Collegedale #greenway #murals #publicart

THE 1 MINUTE SYNOPSIS:

The Wolftever Creek Greenway is a beautiful 4+ miles strip that bonds families and neighbors of the Collegedale/Ooltewah area. It offers a lot of interesting features for trail users, including the Imagination Station Playground, a Nature Nook, a dog park and a picnic area. In addition, you'll find artistically shaped benches, old wagon wheels, bicycles and plows made into planters and plenty of bird feeders. It is my dream to create 3 murals that will continue to unify and inspire our citizens and visitors as well as to contribute to the embellishment of the greenway. 

UPDATE: 

Great News!! On Tue, July 15th the Collegedale's Parks and Recreations Dept. accepted the mural proposal.

Sept. 11: City of Collegedale Director of Parks and Rec informed me that he received a letter from TDOT aproving the mural project.

Next steps: Parks and Recreations Dept will submit a recommendation to the city to approve the project.

 We still need your support in spreading the word, the more signatures the more attention this project will receive. 

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ABOUT ME:

My name is Alex Loza and I'm a professional representational artist, portraitist, muralist and adjunct art professor at Lee University. In 2001 I obtained a BFA degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. For the past 15 years I've been commissioned to paint numerous portraits for private art collectors throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. During my stay in Chicago I've participated along other muralist in several projects around the city. Since 2012 I've been part of Mark Making art facilitator team. That year 20 local professional artists teamed up to mentored and worked along 20 Howard High School students in the  20/20 Vision Mural project located in the Riverfront Pkwy and 19th St. in Chattanooga. In 2013 I was one of the artists that volunteered in the recreation of Historic Engel Stadium outfield walls after the film "42". The Collegedale/Ooltewah area has been home for my family and I since 2010 and I'm counting with your approval and support to create this murals for our neighborhood. 

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THE PROPOSAL

 1. ​LOCATION

 Murals will be located on the walls inside the bridges along the Wolftever Creek Greenway trail.  

-The first mural will be located under the Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd bridge that leads to Veteran's Park. This mural will honor the brave men and women who served our nation in various wars.

-The second mural will be located inside the walls of the bridge next to the Imagination Station playground (across the library). This mural will depict the everyday outdoor activities seen in our community i.e. families walking, children playing, cyclists, runners, etc.

-The third mural will be painted under the bridge that supports the rail road tracks. This mural will honor our city's history of Native Americans and their culture.  

2. PARTNERSHIPS

- Other Artists: I'll ask my local art students, my Lee University art students as well as local professional artists and art organizations to collaborate with this project.

- The Neighborhood: After transferring the mural designs onto each wall, I'll would like to have the community to volunteer their time and help paint along professional artists.

- Local Businesses and Organizations: I'm hoping that local businesses and organizations graciously donate funds, materials and/or provide snacks and bottled water for those who will be volunteering.

- Collegedale Parks and Recreation Department: This project cannot be possible without the city's approval and support. During the past years Collegedale has invested in the continuous transformation of our neighborhood.  The murals will be an addition to what the city has already accomplished.  

3. MATERIALS

We are looking for local businesses and organizations to graciously donate funds, materials and/or provide snacks and bottled water for those volunteering. The cost for each mural varies since the dimensions of all 3 walls are different. Ckick here and see our  wonderful perks and gifts. Your contribution will help us purchase materials for the murals as well as food for our volunteers. Any remaining funds will compensate my time.

Below are the measurements each mural:

- First wall measures close to 6'7" x 48' (around 336 square feet)

- Second wall measures 7' x 118 feet (around 826 square feet)

- Third wall measures 16' x 67' (around 1,072 square feet)

List of supplies

-primer

-paints

-empty containers with lids

-brushes in many sizes

-rollers

-roller pads

-extension handles for your rollers

-rags or paper towels

-drop cloths

-buckets

-yardsticks

-masking tape

-painting palettes or trays for mixing colors

-metal scrapers to clean dried paint off palettes

-stirring sticks

-brooms and shovels

-eye protection (goggles)

-ladders

-scaffolding

-paint spraying system

-milk crates or other sturdy boxes to store paint cans

I want to take this time to thank the City of Collegedale for welcoming my family and I. Making our home in this community has giving my family and I the opportunity to meet great people and enjoy the outdoor resources. Having the City's approval to paint these murals will be my honor and an opportunity to use my artistic skills to express my gratitude towards our community.

Thank you again for the opportunity and if you have any questions, please do contact me at the number or email below.

Alex Loza, Artist and Instructor

lozastudioatelier@gmail.com

​(423) 615-9324

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Waiting for City of Collegedale for final approval

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      As many of you know on Sept. 11 TDOT approved my petition to paint murals along the Greenway. Now we are just waiting to get the final approval from the City of Collegedale.
      I'm ready and eager to start this amazing project. Please show your support by "signing" and "sharing" this petition with your family, friends and neighbors. Thanks!!!
      Alex Loza

    2. The Collegedale "Greenway Mural Project" is on Facebook!!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all 234 people that signed our "Greenway Mural Project" petition. Your support made a difference!!
      Please "Like" & "Share" our Facebook page.

      Thanks,
      Alex Loza

      Collegedale Greenway Murals Project

      Collegedale Greenway Murals Project. 70 likes. Collegedale's First Murals by local artist Alex Loza

    3. Victory!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      GREAT NEWS!!!
      The City of Collegedale Director of Parks & Rec just informed me that today he received the letter from TDOT approving "The Greenway Murals Project".
      I'll keep everyone updated of the next step. #Collegedale #greenway #murals #publicart

    4. Still NO ANSWER from TDOT - HELP US GET MORE SIGNATURE

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for showing support to "The Collegedale's Greenway Murals Project". We've had many that contributed in our online fundraising campaign. During the past weeks many local businesses, city leaders and community members, that are anxious to see this project take off, have offer to contribute funds and materials to this project but unfortunately I have not been able to take their contributions since I haven't heard back from TDOT.

      Please help me get more signatures. Every time someone signs this petition they will get an email from Change.org. The more emails they receive they will notice your support and hopefully we get a rapid response.

      Again, thank you so much for supporting Collegedale's First Murals ever!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hStvrdMm4c

    5. No News from TDOT yet...

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, July 28 We sent all color sketches of the 3 murals to TDOT. Meanwhile (as we wait hear from for them) please visit my Facebook page to enjoy pictures of the Veterans Memorial Mural.

      Below is a portion of the mural. Each military branch is going to be represented by 5 large-scale portraits of local heroes (male & female). For the background I decided to paint a sunrise symbolizing "that their courage and sacrifice assures that everyone in this nation can enjoy a new day everyday".

      Please visit the link below and find out how you can be part of this awesome project. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wolftever-creek-greenway-mural-project

      This is a portion of the Veterans Memorial ...

      This is a portion of the Veterans Memorial Mural. Each military branch is going to be represented by 5 large-scale portraits of local heroes (male & female).is a portion of the mural. Each military branch is going to be represented by 5 large-scale portraits of local heroes (male & female).

    6. "Greenway Murals Project" coverage in the Noticias Libres newspaper

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier this week I shared a post about the East Hamilton Community News covering the "Greenway Murals Project". But also their sister newspaper the Noticias Libres covered the story in their Hispanic edition. Both newspapers are a branch of The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

      Please visit the link and support our project.
      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wolftever-creek-greenway-mural-project

      Thank you! - Alex

      The "Greenway Murals Project" coverage in the ...

      The "Greenway Murals Project" coverage in the Noticias Libres newspaper which is the Hispanic edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Get your FREE copy at Tropical Produce, LLC or any local Hispanic market.

    7. "Greenway Murals Project" on East Hamilton Community News

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      During the past weeks the "Greenway Murals Project" has received great media attention. Thanks to all of you for signing and sharing this petition. Your support have been (and will continue to be) the motivation of this project.

      Here is a link to the article on this week's East Hamilton Community News issue. http://community.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jul/30/collegedale-working-toward-murals/?Community-OoltewahCollegedale

      Once again, thank you for your support!
      Alex

    8. Sneak Peak

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Over the weekend I was able to finish all 3 designs for the Greenway Murals Project requested by TDOT (Tennessee Dept of Transportation) before their final approval. Here is a screenshot of how the Veterans Memorial Mural will look like. This mural will be located under the Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd bridge and it'll lead you to Collegedale Veteran's Park. Soon I'll post pictures of other murals.

      Thanks for your support!!
      Alex Loza

      The 3 designs for the Greenway Murals Project ...

      The 3 designs for the Greenway Murals Project are finished!! Here is a screen shot of how the Veterans Memorial Mural will look like. Over the weekend the Collegedale's Parks and Rec director and I have worked on the petition package requested by myTDOT. Hope to receive the final ok soon!!!

    9. Exciting news!!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      We've heard back from the Tennessee Dept. of Transportation (TDOT) and they want to see detailed sketches of the murals before they give the okay. This will be a busy weekend for a good cause. Will post picture when finished.

    10. Thanks to our local media for supporting this project!!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday I was able to share more about the "Greenway Murals Project" with reporters from two local newspapers. You'll be able to find both articles in the next issue of East Hamilton Community News and Noticias Libres.

      Find all media coverage at www.lozastudioatelier.com Press > Greenway Murals Project

      Thanks,
      Alex Loza
      https://www.facebook.com/alexlozaart

      Alex Loza

      Contemporary Figurative Painter, Portraitist and Art Professor

    11. WTVC-TV visits my studio

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier today WTVC-TV Channel 9 visited my studio. Below please find link to interview.
      http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/collegedale-mural-given-goahead-11623.shtml

    12. Reached 200 signatures
    13. Yay!!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Great news!! Collegedale's Parks and Recreations Dept. accepted the mural proposal. Here are the next steps:

      1. Get approval from TDOT
      2. Parks and Recreations Dept will submit a recommendation to the city to approve the project.

      We still need your support in spreading the word, the more signatures the more attention this project will receive.

      Thank you again,
      Alex Loza

    14. Thank you!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      During the past four days we have collected signatures from locals and from across the country.
      Thank you all for your support!
      Alex Loza
      https://www.facebook.com/alexlozaart

    15. 8 more hours

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      I want to take this time to thank all of you for signing and sharing this petition. Tonight at 7:00 pm I'll be presenting the mural proposal to Collegedale's Parks & Rec. board. Having the City's approval to paint these murals will be my honor and an opportunity to use my artistic skills to express my gratitude towards our community.

      If you haven't yet, please "Like" my Facebook fan page for great photos, updates & content https://www.facebook.com/alexlozaart you can also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/lozaartist and Instagram http://instagram.com/aloza

      Once again, thank you so much for your support,
      Alex Loza

    16. More signatures before tomorrow

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      A movement only exists when people are inspired to move, to do something, to make the cause their own.

      A movement only exists when people are inspired

      A movement only exists when people are inspired to move, to do something, to make the cause their own.

    17. Channel 9 News coverage

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      f you've missed tonight's WTVC-TV Channel 9 News coverage here is the link
      Thanks for your support,
      Alex Loza

      WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Collegedale Artists Petitioning For Murals In Park

      Updated: Sunday, July 13 2014, 07:21 PM EDT Collegedale Artists Petitioning For Murals In Park Alex Loza, originally from Peru, has called Collegedale home since 2010. He's a muralist and art professor at Lee University, but wants to share his talent with a broader spectrum of people.

    18. Today @ WTVC-TV News Channel 9

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Hear more about the Wolftever Creek mural project today at 6pm at WTCV-TV News Channel 9

      https://www.facebook.com/alexlozaart/photos/a.1434160966861801.1073741829.1433814143563150/1438125146465383/?type=1&theater

      Hear more about the Wolftever Creek mural ...

      Hear more about the Wolftever Creek mural project today at 6pm at WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9 News

    19. 100+ Signatures

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for the support!! You guys are great.
      Keep showing your support, please share link below.

      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/greenway-murals-project/x/368932#home/share

      #mural #alexlozaart

      Wolftever Creek Greenway Mural Project

      3 beautiful murals that will contribute in the embellishment of Collegedale's greenway.

    20. Reached 100 signatures
    21. Share link below

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer
      Greenway Murals Project

      Beautiful murals for Wolftever Creek Greenway

    22. 50+ Supporters!!

      Alex Loza
      Petition Organizer

      A huge thanks to each and every one of you for signing and sharing our petition. Please help us collect 1,000+ signatures.

      Visit my Facebook to view pictures of past murals and artwork https://www.facebook.com/alexlozaart

      Thank you for your support!
      -Alex Loza

      Alex Loza

      Alex Loza. 206 likes · 75 talking about this. Ooltewah based artist http://lozastudioatelier.com

    23. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • rebekah beeler CROSSVILLE, TN
      • 2 months ago

      Art is important and draws interest, especially when utilized in unexpected places. Use this space to further beautify the place.

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    • Raymond Cutcher OOLTEWAH, TN
      • 2 months ago

      RayTerry Productions is located in Collegedale, TN.

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    • Ruthie Gulley COLLEGEDALE, TN
      • 3 months ago

      I walk the Greenway often and beleive that murals on the bridge depicting important historical memories and community ideals would help to bring our city into a better appreciation and expression of the things that are most important to us.

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    • Cortney Pope OOLTEWAH, TN
      • 3 months ago

      I Like Art

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    • Ana-Carla Duarte BURLESON, TX
      • 3 months ago

      I lived in the Collegedale area for 9 years. My daughter and son played in the Imagination Station playground numerous times. My family walked the green way time and time again. My extended family lived in that area presently. I would love to see this project accomplished!

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