on each program name for more information:
on Southern Literature
The biennial AEC
Conference on Southern Literature is a writers' conference
for readers. Together with its public
school outreach programs, the three-day event brings readers
and writers of all ages together with long-admired and emerging
authors for workshops, residencies, booksigning, panel discussions,
Festival of Writers
during the off years of the AEC Conference on Southern Literature,
the Chattanooga Festival of Writers is
a celebration of the craft of writing. Enjoy the keynote
dinner on Friday night, then choose from a selection of writing
workshops on Saturday.
and Fall Independent Film Series
The AEC provides
current, critically-acclaimed, independent films that would otherwise
be unavailable on Chattanoooga's "big screens." A new
film begins every week during each 12-week series, playing daily
at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Chattanooga. The fall series begins
Labor Day weekend, while the spring series starts at the end of
Row Film Series
In 2005, the AEC
collaborated with the Hunter Museum of American Art to produce the
first Summer Film Series.
Now, the AEC and Hunter are working with the University of Tennessee
at Chattanooga to expand the summer series into a nine-month program
that will integrate filmmaking workshops, a local film competition,
and unique monthly programming. More information on the Back
Row Film Series will be available soon.
celebrates the vast and growing diversity in our city and
region through the performing, literary, visual, and culinary arts.
This one-day, early fall event gives thousands of area residents
and visitors the opportunity to experience new cultures and art
forms, sample a variety of ethnic foods, and discover the rich cultural
heritage of Chattanooga and its inhabitants. Driven by the AEC’s
mission to provide programs that celebrate and promote learning,
creative expression, and the power of ideas, the multicultural event
occurs annually in Coolidge Park on the river's northshore.
FOR K-12 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS:
at the Tivoli Theatre
is Chattanooga’s only professional drama series designed for
public school students in grades K through 12. Since the program’s
inception in 1990, nearly 200,000 children have gained appreciation
and exposure to the performing arts through TheatreExpress.
Held in the Tivoli Theatre, productions enrich arts education through
professional, quality theatre productions, very often based on popular
children's literature; accompanying study guides help weave the
theatre arts experience into the classroom.
Focus Literacy Through Photography
Using photography as a hands-on tool, Future Focus
develops and enhances students’ reading, creative writing,
visual arts, science, and math skills as well as a greater sense
of self. Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, Ooltewah, Nolan,
and Normal Park Elementary schools currently participate in the
program. In partnership with the Center for Documentary Studies
in Durham, North Carolina, the AEC provides a weeklong professional
development workshop in
June for teachers interested
in implementing the program in their schools.
Creative Writing Workshop
Middle School teachers in Hamilton County Public Schools are invited
to attend this workshop each March, led by well-known published
authors. The half-day
workshop is limited to 30 teachers.
Southern Student Writers
Students in grades
K-12 enter their prose and poetry in this annual writing competition,
judged by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga English Department.
Deadline for entries is January 31, and awards are given in late
March. The program began as part of the Conference on Southern
Literature, but due to phenomenal growth in participation and
popularity has become its own annual event.
Point of View and First Sunday
of View began in 1952 and is the
longest running, locally produced, public affairs television program
in the U.S. (and probably the world). The AEC weekly television
program explores sometimes conflicting and diverse views on issues
pertaining to the community, region, nation, and world. First
Sunday promotes the city’s cultural events the
first Sunday of each month, and focuses specifically on drama, films,
literature, speakers, and other arts programs. AEC volunteers produce
both programs in partnership with WDEF News 12. Programs are shown
weekly on WDEF (Sunday mornings) and Comcast Cable Channel 3 (Tuesday/