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AEC Culture Fest Artists Celebrate Rich, Cultural Diversity of Chattanooga

by aec

AEC Culture Fest is this weekend! Join us for music, food and live performances on Sunday at First Tennessee Pavilion at the Chattanooga Market. Featured performers include Aztec dancer John Jaramillo, the Filipino American Association of Greater Chattanooga, storytelling by Finn Bille and many more. The shows start at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Arts Education Program Helps Students Make Valuable Connections

by aec

The 12th Annual AEC Culture Fest will be Sunday, October 2, at the First Tennessee Pavilion. This FREE family festival draws over 10,000 people to celebrate Chattanooga's rich cultural diversity through the arts.

A major component of Culture Fest is the education outreach program, which sends multicultural performing artists into local schools for performances and workshops.

This year, AEC is pleased to expand the education outreach program to full-week residencies in FOUR Hamilton County schools with Aztec performing artist John Jaramillo. The program kicked off today at East Ridge Elementary with John's Aztec Dances of Mexico presentation. For the rest of the week, 5th graders will be immersed in Aztec culture as they create drums, learn dance steps and perform for their peers and teachers.

"Learning through the arts is active, hands on learning, and studies show that children who experience the arts in connection with learning, learn more, tend to stay in school, have better social skills and do better in core subjects," Mr. Jaramillo says.

"If there is a message in arts in education it is that learning through the arts is active and and allows a child to make connections to curriculum subjects like history, math, science and social studies through the arts. It's a valuable connection."

The 2011 residency program is made possible by grants from SouthArts and the Tennessee Arts Commission, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and housing provided by McCallie School.

Learn more about AEC Culture Fest.