Chattanooga Nonprofit To Offer African American History Education Through Immersive Celebration

The Net Resource Foundation is partnering with ArtsBuild for their first “UBUNTU Community Celebration,” where participants can dance with Devante Williams of D. Williams Dance Academy, express themselves with artist Charlie Newton of SPLASH or prepare a traditional African American meal with Chef Travis Gladden of Tasteful Expressions Catering.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will take place virtually on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Executive Director Raquetta Dotley says the nonprofit recognizes the challenges urban communities face. “We strongly believe that by being an active part of the community and assessing the needs from within, we can better serve our citizens and deliver high-quality programs customized to impact our neighborhood,” said Ms. Dotley.

Established in 2015, the mission of the Net Resource Foundation is to “challenge systemic issues through mentorship and community-building programs in the South Chattanooga Community.”

Through a partnership with Westside Church, The Net Resource Foundation leads the youth in the Alton Park community through after-school programs, beautification projects and food programs. The nonprofit primarily works with children from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Registration is now open for those who want to participate in the UBUNTU Community Celebration. Dance participants are asked to dress comfortably, art participants will be sent art kits and culinary participants will be given a list of ingredients to be ready to cook. Registration details and more information about the UBUNTU Community celebration can be found at