Arts & Humanities Council 
                       of 
                East Texas

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Together we can do the extraordinary” is the motto of the Arts and Humanities Council of East Texas (AHCET), which is recognized as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. Our mission is focused on serving economically disadvantaged youth and fostering cultural diversity by way of the arts. Founder and Executive Director, Debbie Kirkland-Waffer, built the organization on compassion--realizing that our youth are our future.  She expounds repeatedly that the arts are proven to increase a child’s academic outlook, as well as, their psychological well-being.


AHCET strives to provide positive experiences with after school and out of school projects. AHCET's Board members are visionaries--armed and ready to strategically lead the mission and vision of this organization to fruition!


Board Members:


Kevin Mobley-Chairman..............................City of Tyler Police Officer


Teresa Tarver-Secretary..............................Texas Dept. of Aging &      

                                                                       Disability

Carolyn Morales.........................................Community Advocate


Karen Mitchem..........................................Texas DFPS Investigator


Ellen Buffin................................................Community Relations


Charles Coleman III....................................Arts Advocate/Poet


"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt