Metro students honor classmate with art and community awareness at the Frist Center

cropped-cropped-cropped-stop-takenotice-logo211 A week before Christmas last year, Hume-Fogg junior Elena Zamora was a bright, beautiful girl walking in downtown Nashville. The cross-country and track runner preferred to travel on foot.


Just blocks from her high school, the 17-year-old came to the intersection of Church Street and Rosa Parks and was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. Her death still haunts all who knew her. Now Elena’s friends want help this tragedy have a positive social impact by working to prevent pedestrian accidents in Nashville.

“Stop! Take Notice” (STN) is a community art project founded by Elena’s classmates at Hume-Fogg High School. Elena was also an aspiring artist and participated in a program at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts for community issue awareness.

The new program borrows the same name and uses collaborative art-making to bring attention to busy intersections in the downtown. Students will paint the large round bollards outside the Frist Center this weekend and later this month plan to chalk the crosswalks in honor of Elena.

“We want to keep other people from feeling the same grief we felt that day,” said STN spokesperson and Hume-Fogg student Caroline Lawrence. “We hope our artwork will make drivers and walkers think before acting, preventing another tragedy.”

Teacher sponsor Elizabeth Smith says the plans now include a more permanent memorial. "The Frist was so impressed with the students’ design for the bollards that they asked us to use paint instead of chalk. They plan to leave them up until at least January."

You can learn more about the program at and during these upcoming events downtown at the Frist Center. All are free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 4

Stop! Take Notice Bollard Paint-a-Palooza 10:00–5:00 p.m. Frist Center for the Visual Arts Free

In celebration of ARTober Nashville, STN participants will paint the Frist Center’s front bollards to help raise awareness about driver and pedestrian safety in the downtown community.

Friday, October 10

MAQ Attack! with Stop! Take Notice kickoff event 6:00–9:00 p.m. Frist Center for the Visual Arts Free

Check out MAQ Attack!—a new FREE program geared especially toward high school students! Check out Frist Center exhibitions and create your own art in open studio sessions with Nashville artists. Receive exclusive access to Martin ArtQuest—the Frist Center’s interactive gallery—and enjoy special programs in the studios. Learn more about the Stop! Take Notice community guerrilla art making project, and make stencils and handbills to help get the word out.

A valid student ID must be presented to visit the MAQ space and open studio sessions.

Saturday, October 18

Community Chalk the Walk Time: 8:00 AM Place: Hume-Fogg High School Cost: Free

Saturday, October 25

Community Chalk the Walk Time: 8:00 AM Place: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts Cost: Free