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published on 08/03/2007

Arts & Education Council August Newsletter

By raised over $20,000 for AEC programs! The annual fundraiser combines art, wine, food, and fellowship for a truly enjoyable evening that celebrates the AEC and highlights the importance of the arts in the Chattanooga community. 2007 was presented by Chattem, Inc. and Riverside Wine and Spirits at the Tanner Hill Gallery. Thank you to all of our sponsors and Angela Usrey, owner of Tanner Hill Gallery, for donating time, money, and effort to make this event a success.

The AEC also thanks everyone who contributed to this important event: volunteers, the artists who submitted their original works, and the chefs and restaurants who provided food and time (Niedlov's Breadworks, River Street Deli, The Meeting Place, Sushi Nabe, and Slow Food) as well as AEC members and guests who attended and purchased art.

The Back Row Film Series continues on Thursday, August 2, with a screening of Documenting the Face of America at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Presented by the Arts & Education Council (AEC) and the Hunter Museum of American Art, the film event will also feature remarks by the filmmaker Jeanine Butler.

A cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public. For Hunter members, AEC members and AEC Film Club cardholders, admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door, but seating is limited. Call 423.267.0968 to buy tickets in advance. The Hunter Museum of American Art is located at 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

The next Bluewater Grille film discussion is Monday, August 6. Discussion and film clips will focus on De-Constructing Tarantino. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $5 at the door.

AEC Culture Fest 2007 is Saturday, September 29, in Coolidge Park! This free family festival is held annually as a celebration of the Chattanooga area's rich cultural diversity through music, dance, food, and fine arts. From 11 AM to 8 PM, enjoy international and local performances on stage, interactive booths, a shopping bizarre, and kids activities. Hear storytelling from around the globe, and sample ethnic foods.

Volunteers are needed! Anyone interested in volunteering should call 423.267.1218 or email .

NEW! Online reservations now available!

AEC TheatreExpress has served as Chattanooga's only professional drama series designed for students in grades Pre-K through 12 for the past 15 years. Held in the historic Tivoli Theatre, TheatreExpress productions enrich ARTS EDUCATION by providing professional, quality children's theatre, in-depth study guides that help weave the theatre arts experience into the classroom, and theatre etiquette guidelines. Productions tie in with school curriculum and help meet standard benchmarks in fine arts, language arts, social studies and more.

This year, performances include: Max & Ruby (October 31, 2007; 10 AM; Memorial Auditorium), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (February 20, 2008; 10 AM & 12 PM; Tivoli Theatre) and Fish Face (April 30, 2008; 10 AM & 12 PM; Tivoli Theatre). Click here for more information on TheatreExpress 2007 - 2008.

Allied Arts is currently less than $95,000 away from meeting the 10% campaign challenge announced by Frank McDonald, Allied Arts Board of Directors Chair, on May 30. Record-breaking contributions since the campaign was launched two months ago are bringing Allied Arts closer to meeting the 10% goal, which will enable 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, visit

School begins in just a few weeks, and we need your help to spread the word about AEC School Literacy Programs! Volunteers are needed to help deliver brochures to area schools the week of August 13. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 423.267.1218 or send an email to .

Be sure to visit for more updates on AEC's programs and events!

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