The Allied Arts Council (AAC) of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce strives to raise awareness regarding the value of the arts to quality of life to the community. The Allied Arts Council has been committed over the past twenty-five years to promoting the local arts community by offering quality arts programming and providing arts in education activities to local schools.
The AAC will conclude the silver anniversary celebration in June 2018, with an Artisan Workshop Series of “How to….” topics of local interest. The first session entitled, “How to become an author” on Thursday, June 7, will feature a panel composed of Bonnie Hathcock, Joel W. Huffstetler and C.K. Phillips, published authors. The second session of the series, “How to become a storyteller” on Thursday, June 14, will feature Judy Baker, acclaimed member of the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. The third in the series, “How to become a movie critic” on Thursday, June 21, with Rob Alderman of the Alderman Group. The final session in series “How to become a songwriter” on Thursday, June 28, with Tim Poteet, recording artist and published songwriter. Each Artisan Workshop Series will be held at the Chamber, beginning at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required.
The AAC has given nearly half a million dollars to local schools in support of the arts since the inception of the Chair-ries Jubilee fundraiser.This year’s 20th annual art auction, “Designs thru the Decades” generated over $25,000 for Arts in Education.
These monies provide funding for teachers to receive $500 grants for viable art programs that they wish to bring to their classrooms, as well as for visiting artists to appear in area schools and arts for our community.
The National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign points out that students actively engaged in arts education are likely to have higher test scores than those with little involvement. The arts help children to develop skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication and teamwork. The arts teach children to be more tolerant and open, allow them to express themselves creatively, and bolster their self-confidence. Additionally, the arts keep students engaged in school, and they are less likely to drop out.
To learn more about the Allied Arts Council including upcoming local events, visit the AAC Facebook page or to become further involved to better our community, contact the Chamber office at (423) 472-6587.