Chattanooga’s art scene had primarily focused on institutions, while individual creatives were not offered the same level of support. The MakeWork arts grant program, open to artists and artisans within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga, stimulated the creative economy and helped retain and sustain local talent by giving them tools to grow. Since 2008, MakeWork has awarded more than $1,000,000 to 101 local artists and creatives.