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published on 08/05/2008

Welcome Back, Teachers and Students!


The AEC has announced its lineup of education enrichment programs for the 2 school year, and we are here to help you integrate the arts into your curriculum!

Our programs are designed to help educators meet teaching objectives and enhance curriculum through the arts, and fulfill our mission to provide lifelong learning and participation in the arts for all members of the commuity.

Look for us in the 2008 Arts Direct booklet, and look for your brochure in the mail this week!

Culture Fest Artist Residency
In School Performances & Workshops

September 29 - October 2, 2008
Award winning bilingual children's theatre company Teatro de la Rosa will be available for in-school performances of El Conejito Verde (The Green Rabbit), an old Mexican folktale adapted collaboratively for the stage. This play is designed for Kindergarten through 5th Grade, and is fully bilingual utilizing original music and hand-crafted masks. The performers engage the children by having them help with the magic that moves the story along.

Following the play, actors will divide into groups and go into classrooms for up to 12 theatre and language arts-based workshops. Students learn about acting and theatre, and perform with the actors in group exercises. They make props such as masks or tortilla wands. They learn about Mexican geography and culture.

The goal is to encourage imagination, creativity and confidence.

The cost for the entire day is only $750! You may apply for ticket and transportation subsidy funds to cover this program through Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. Submit application on September 15.

Mark your calendars for AEC Culture Fest 2008! The annual free family festival will be Saturday, September 27, in Coolidge Park.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
February 6, 2009
10 AM
Memorial Auditorium
*one show only!*
Recommended for grades K-8

Curriculum Connections:
Language/Communication Skills
Length of performance: 60 minutes

The AEC is pleased to announce the return of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a thrilling musical adaptation of the enchanting book by C.S. Lewis.

Back by popular demand, this production brings to life the tale of four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe.
For reservations, call or go to

Madeline and the Bad Hat
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10 AM
Tivoli Theatre
Grades PreK-3

Curriculum Connections:
Language/Communication Skills
Length of performance: 55 minutes
Madeline and the Bad Hat, an original musical based upon the much-loved book, captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline series. It traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who - despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor - eventually learns that first impressions aren't everything.
When one fine day the Spanish Ambassador moves into the house next door, Madeline and Miss Clavel and the other girls quickly discover that his son Pepito is a true horror! Rude and conceited, Pepito seems at first to be nothing but trouble.

But when he unexpectedly finds himself in real danger, it's up to the resourceful Madeline to get him out of it. Can she teach Pepito a lesson into the bargain, and does he have a hidden good side after all? This gently amusing tale of enemies-become-friends will charm and entertain children and parents alike.

For reservations call or go online to
download the study guide.

Young Southern Student Writers
Deadline for entries: December 11, 2008
Awards ceremony: March 31, 2009

Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit their original works of prose and poetry to this annual writing competition. Teachers must sign and turn in participating students' entries by December 11. The UTC English Department evaluates entries on creativity, content and style. Winners are honored during a special award ceremony on March 31st at the Tivoli Theatre. Call or visit for the official contest rules.

Professional Development Workshop
Creative Writing for Teachers (Free!)
April 1, 2009
Work with award winning authors from the Fellowship of Southern Writers to explore new ways for teaching and encouraging creative writing in the classroom.

Language arts teacher or administrator from Hamilton County or surrounding area public schools
Must teach students in grades 5-12
The workshop will meet at the Staff Development Center, 1161 W 40th Street.

Class size is limited, so please us or call to sign up. Participants receive an admission to the Conference on Southern Literature, April 2-4, 2009!

Writers in Schools
April 1-2, 2009
Bring a writer to your classroom! The Conference on Southern Literature Classroom Residency program enables students to read works by accomplished Southern writers and interact one-on-one with the writers in their classroom. Participating teachers and writers work together well in advance of the residencies to develop content outlines to ensure Language Arts benchmarks are met.

Please us or call if you are interested in bringing a writer to your classroom.

Conference on Southern Literature
April 2-4, 2009
Tivoli Theatre

This three-day literary celebration features panel discussions, readings, book signings and more. Members of the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers will be in attendance to commemorate their 20th anniversary and discuss the past, present and future of Southern Literature. Registration will begin in January. Look for more information this fall!

We are here to help you integrate the arts into your classroom, nurture literacy and creativity and meet standard benchmarks in Language Arts and other subjects. Please contact us anytime if you are interested in learning more about the AEC and our many programs, or if we can be of further assistance as you plan for the school year.

Wishing you a great first week of school!

Arts & Education Council

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