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For each person who joins iGive using the special link below and does just one web search on the site between now and noon Thursday, AEC will get one dollar! Don't worry - it's free and fast!
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This offer is active between now and 11:59 a.m., December 17, 2009 (CST), or until $5,000 is raised for AEC. Only new iGive members can participate in this special fundraiser.
What a Year!
As 2009 comes to a close, AEC is looking back at what an extraordinary year this has been for our little organization. We reached a record-breaking 63,000 people and worked with over 200 volunteers. We welcomed two new staff members and seven new board members. Our economic impact on the Chattanooga business community was close to $2.5 million!
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide another year of valuable arts experiences for the Chattanooga community. Here are some of our favorite moments of 2009!
- Book lovers from over 30 states watched as Wendell Berry received the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement at the AEC Conference on Southern Literature
- A standing-room-only crowd of proud parents and teachers gathered at the Tivoli Theatre for the Young Southern Student Writers Awards.
- Kaiulani Lee's breathtaking performance of A Sense of Wonder made a lasting impression on audience members at the UTC Fine Arts Center.
- The 10th Annual AEC Culture Fest moved to the Chattanooga Market for an even bigger and better celebration of diversity through the arts.
- Filmmaker Josh Tickell premiered his documentary Fuel weeks before its theatrical release.
- The Back Row Film Series event Tableland was AEC's first "family style dinner and movie."
- Author Allen Wier inspired students to read and write at Orchard Knob Elementary School.
- Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross engaged students in three elementary schools and at Chattanooga State.
- The AEC Independent Film Series moved to the beautiful new Majestic Theatre.
- Our television shows Point of View and First View enriched audiences with current events and arts education activities at a new date and time.
Here are some of our favorite photos from 2009.