Who We Are

AEC Vision . . .

to instruct and delight through the arts.

AEC Mission . . .

to provide unique opportunities for lifelong learning in the arts for all members of the community.

AEC History

The Arts & Education Council (AEC), a non-profit organization that began in 1952 as the Adult Education Council,  was one of 12 pilot agencies founded by a Ford Foundation grant.  In 1983, the organization changed its name to the Arts & Education Council to more accurately reflect its outreach in Chattanooga.  The AEC is the only organization of the 12 still in existence.

AEC programs include the Conference on Southern Literature and its school literacy outreach, the Chattanooga Festival of Writers, Culture Fest, TheatreExpress, the Back Row and Independent Film Series, Future Focus Literacy Through Photography, and current affairs television programs "Point of View" and "First Sunday."  For more information on these programs, click here.

The AEC receives support from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, the Tennessee Arts Commission, local and regional foundations, corporations, community and individual contributors.