Culture Fest Is Oct. 2

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The 12th annual Arts & Education Council Culture Fest returns to the Chattanooga Market Sunday, Oct. 2, at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Over 10,000 people attend this free family celebration of Chattanooga’s rich cultural diversity through the universal language arts. The Market will stay open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., one hour later than usual, to accommodate the special event.

“CultureFest joined the Chattanooga Market in 2009 and has quickly become a season highlight,” says Chattanooga Market manager Paul Smith. “The AEC team’s drive to bring meaningful and educational content is unmatched during the entire market season.”

The public is invited to experience and learn about other cultures through live performances, hands-on activities and games, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and a multicultural bake sale. In addition to the regular weekly vendors, 25 booths featuring international displays, information and food will give the Chattanooga Market a global flair.

The Festival will kick off at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony featuring a “Parade of Nations,” which is being organized in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council and the Hamilton County school ESOL department. To participate in the Parade of Nations, contact Gladys Pineda-Loher at 763-4345 or gpineda-loher@chattanoogachamber.com.

The AEC Culture Fest Cookbook will be on sale for $10, offering international recipes submitted by Chattanooga residents. Sales of the keepsake cookbook will benefit the AEC, a non-profit organization that also produces the Independent Film Series, Conference on Southern Literature, Back Row Film Series and many student outreach programs.

In partnership with UT-Chattanooga, AEC is offering a free Flamenco dance workshop for all ages and levels on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5-6 p.m. in the University Center.

In addition to the public programs Culture Fest reaches several hundred students each year through its education outreach program. Pueblo Indian performing artist John Jaramillo will spend four weeks teaching “Aztec Dances of Mexico” in the following local public schools: East Ridge Elementary (Sept. 19–23), Calvin Donaldson Elementary (Sept. 26–30), CSLA (Oct. 3–6), and East Lake Elementary (Oct. 10–14). During the 5-day residency students will learn about Aztec and Meso-American history and culture through visual arts and music workshops, and will put on their own performance at the end of the week.

Calvin Donaldson students have been invited to perform with John at Culture Fest.

“Culture Fest is an integral part of the AEC mission to enrich the Chattanooga community through innovative arts experiences,” says AEC Director Susan Robinson. “Over 75 languages are spoken in Hamilton County, but the arts are a universal language that we can all understand and a natural way to bridge differences and find common ground.”

AEC Culture Fest is sponsored by the Chattanooga Market, UT-Chattanooga, WRCB-TV, Brewer Media, McCallie School, Erlanger, and BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and is made possible by grants from Allied Arts, SouthArts and the Tennessee Arts Commission in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about AEC Culture Fest, or to volunteer, call 267-1218 or visit www.CultureFest.org.


Perry Perkins Advocates Technical Education

Perry Perkins, candidate for County Commission District 7, said he wants to see options for technical and information technology trades for Hamilton County's youth. After touring Chattanooga's Electrical Training Center, a joint educational project of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 175 and the National Electrical Contractors Association, Mr. Perkins said ... (click for more)

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: In observance of the Easter holiday period, TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires interstate lane closures beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m. U.S. 27 (SR-29) reconstruction project from Manufacturers Road (Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River) to U.S. ... (click for more)

Haslam Signs Bill Ending Forced Annexation And Giving Tennesseans Right To Vote

Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 2371/SB2464 on Wednesday. The law ends forced annexations and gives Tennesseans the right to vote. The law now requires cities to annex by consent of the landowner or through referendum approved by a majority of the landowners to be annexed. As an additional protection to farmers, land primarily used for agriculture purposes may not be annexed by any ... (click for more)

One Of "Worst Of The Worst" Gets 10-Month Federal Sentence

One of the men labeled as the "worst of the worst" in a Chattanooga roundup was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months and three years supervised release after he pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Guy Wilkerson told Federal Judge Sandy Mattice, "I'm just a young father and I want the best for my kids." He said he apologized and that he knew what he ... (click for more)

Time For Tennessee To Act On Climate This Earth Day

Tennessee will join the rest of the southeast region, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That Billboard & Much More

Now that early voting has started and our strawberries have hopefully survived this last blush of winter, allow me to catch up on some things but, first, here’s a letter from a concerned reader I feel compelled to share: “There is something I have noticed throughout Brainerd, East Brainerd, Dayton, etc. A billboard has been put up, I believe by the Health Department of Hamilton ... (click for more)