ARTS & EDUCATION CENTER (AEC) WAS FOUNDED IN 1969 AS A COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL. FROM ITS INCEPTION THE ORGANIZATION HAS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW JERSEY ARTISTS AND CHAMPIONING THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY ARTS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS' CURRICULUM. IN ITS EARLY YEARS, AEC INITIATED SEVERAL INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THAT EVENTUALLY GREW INTO INDEPENDENT STATE-WIDE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. TEEN ARTS NJ, VERY SPECIAL ARTS/NJ, THE MIDDLE JERSEY WRITERS GROUP, THE DANCE COUNCIL OF NJ AND THE VISUAL ARTS LEAGUE WERE ALL, INITIALLY, AEC PROGRAMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.