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published on 06/06/2007

Arts & Education Council June Newsletter


Back Row Film Series

Co-sponsored by the AEC and Hunter Museum of American Art, the Back Row Film Series is a citywide film celebration.

It continues on Thursday, June 7, with A Glittering Night with the Silver Belles at the Hunter Museum. The film event will feature a showing of the documentary "Been Rich All My Life" and comments by filmmaker Heather McDonald. "Been Rich All My Life" tells the story of the women of the Silver Belles, a dance group composed of some of the original Harlem nightclub dancers. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. For Hunter members, AEC members and AEC cardholders, admission is $5; admission is $10 for the general public. Spaces fill quickly.

A new component to the Back Row Film Series is Film Discussions at Bluewater Grille, an event that gives Chattanooga film lovers the chance to screen and discuss film clips on more specific topics ranging from Tarantino to Hammer Studios. The first Bluewater Grille film event was Monday, June 4. It included a discussion and film clips from 1970's Sci-Fi Films. The next Bluewater event, Hammer Studios--The Evolution of Style, is July 9. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $5 at the door.

Please call the Hunter Museum at 423.267.0968 or visit for more information.

Culture Fest
A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Plans for Culture Fest, an annual celebration of the Chattanooga area's rich cultural diversity through music, dance, food, and fine arts, are currently under way. The festival is held at Coolidge Park on Chattanooga's north shore and is free and open to the public. Thousands of residents and visitors can enjoy performances, interactive booths, and activities for children. This event is a wonderful opportunity to experience the arts in Chattanooga and get involved with promoting arts in the community.

Culture Fest 2007 will be Saturday, September 29. Volunteers are needed! Anyone interested in volunteering should look for information online at or call 423.267.1218.

Future Focus
AEC Hosts Summer Workshop for Teachers

AEC is hosting "Future Focus: Literacy Through Photography" for teachers June 18-22. This hands-on, intensive professional development workshop is taught by a consultant from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Literacy Through Photography encourages children to explore their world as they photograph scenes from their own lives and use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression. It is framed around four thematic explorations: self-portrait, community, family, and dreams. LTP provides children and teachers with the expressive and investigative tools of photography and writing for use in the classroom.

In connecting picture-making with writing and critical thinking, LTP promotes an expansive use of photography across different curricula and disciplines, building on the information that students naturally possess. LTP also provides a valuable opportunity for students to bring their home and community lives into the classroom. Photographs can give teachers a glimpse into their students' lives and, in increasingly diverse classrooms, give students a way to understand each other's experiences.

Teachers can attend this workshop free of charge thanks to funding provided by Olan Mills.
AEC Prepares for its Annual Fundraiser 2007 is Thursday, July 19, at Tanner Hill Gallery.

This is the only annual fundraiser for the Arts & Education Council. It features chefs selections, wine tastings, and a silent art auction. Tickets are $65 each or $100 for a pair.

Volunteers for are needed! Each volunteer gets a ticket for $25. Email or call 423.267.1218 for more information on how you can help with this exciting and unique event!

News from Allied Arts

Allied Arts' Board of Directors Chair Frank McDonald announced a 10% campaign challenge at a meeting at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Wednesday, May 30. This meeting, attended by executive directors, board members, and staffs of Allied Arts' 16 funded agencies, marks the beginning of a concentrated effort in the Chattanooga area to booster support for Allied Arts in the community. If the 10% goal is met, Allied Arts will receive unprecedented support from several donors, allowing Allied Arts to provide an additional $150,000 to its funded agencies. Please show your support for Allied Arts, their funded agencies, and arts in the Chattanooga community by making a donation to Allied Arts today. For more information, please visit

Be sure to visit for more information on upcoming events and opportunities to give to the community. With your help, this summer will mark the beginning of more opportunities for lifelong learning in the arts for everyone than ever before!

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