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The Pop-up Project

The Pop-up Project is a non-profit education organization that's currently serving over 500 kids with dance classes every week!

Our vision is to create a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable performing arts economy. One that is authentic to and engaged with our community.

Meet the Team

We are a small and passionate team ready to make a difference.

Our 2024 Community Impact Statement

The Pop-up Project Youth Outreach Program helps fill the dance education gap in Hamilton County by serving students in our public schools. We can be found at East Side Elementary, Normal Park Museum Magnet and through our community partnership with Northside Neighborhood House: Red Bank Middle School, Red Bank High School, and Hixson High School. We also collaborate with The City of Chattanooga (Shepherd Community Center, Eastdale Community Center, Avondale Library/Community Center),Young Ladies of Power, and Girls Inc.


We are currently serving over 400 children every week and year-round with dance classes. We provide FREE dance classes and an enriching arts experience to low income families in Chattanooga’s under-served communities which represent 50% of the students we serve. Our comprehensive program includes year-round dance classes (Sept-May) in ballet, hip hop, modern, jazz, and creative dance; a month-long summer dance program and a one-week long intensive SummerDance 2024; and field trips to milestone cultural events.


Our curriculum meets the comprehensive Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts for Grades K-12. Our program improves the learning capacity for educationally marginalized populations using culturally responsive pedagogy and experience. This builds resilience in students and focuses on emotional, cognitive, and perceptual learning. Click below for a breakdown of the demographics of the students at each location we serve:

Our Board of Directors 2024

Harolda Bryson


Office of the City Attorney. Expertise in legal. Influence with: Government, Public/Community Relations.


Chloe Morrison



Marketing and Communication at Launch TN. Expertise in Marketing, Communication, Media, Community Outreach. Influence with: Arts, Film/Media.

Maria E.Vives-Rodriguez

Member at Large

PhD - Early Intervention Evaluator at Signal Centers. Expertise in Early Childhood Education, Integrated Curriculum Development, Movement Education. Influence with: Education, Equity, and Diversity.

Betsy Caldwell Cake

Member at Large


Community Volunteer. Expertise in education and Spanish. Influence with: Community engagement, educational programming, and translation.

Woodson Carpenter

Member at Large


The Community Foundation Expertise in community development, artistic placemaking, music, non-profit management, and resource development.

Lya Kimbrough

Member at Large

Entrepreneur Center: Urban League. Expertise in events, finance, start-ups. Public/Community Relations, Artists, Planning/Organizing. Influence with: Arts, Business, Media, Government.

Jules Downum

Member at Large

Help Support Our Mission

Consider a tax deductible donation of any amount to help further and develop our mission in the Chattanooga area.


3214 Brainerd Road

Chattanooga, TN 37411

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