We’re people who make our livings in advertising and professional communications, along with students at area colleges and universities. AAF is a place to network with agencies, client-side marketing professionals, media, creatives, freelancers, and others who love this business. We host events ranging from the ADDY®Awards (the largest creative competition in the world) and educational programs, to gatherings just for fun.

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Design, Advertising Associations Team Up For “Budding Creativity” Student Art Show

Design, Advertising Associations Team Up For “Budding Creativity” Student Art Show

Student Submissions Now Being Accepted; Proceeds To Benefit Knox County Art and East Tennessee Student Scholarship Program KNOXVILLE—Professionals from the local chapters of the American Institute Of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF) are collaborating on an art show that will feature Knox County student submissions and benefit arts programs in Knox County Schools. “Budding Creativity,” to be held April 3, will showcase submissions from students and professionals throughout the county. The show is free (as are submissions), and work submitted will be sold at the end of the show to benefit art programs and AAF’s Sam Littleton student scholarship fund. Teachers, students and professionals who would like to donate artwork can do so by emailing programming@knoxville.aiga.org. All media—painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.—are accepted. This is the second annual show of its type. Last year AIGA raised $550 and donated needed art supplies to Norwood Elementary. The show, to be held in the main gallery of Paulk and Co., is free to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres and music will refresh and entertain attendees. People are encouraged to purchase student artwork, to bid on silent auction pieces by professional artists, and/or to donate money to the cause. To learn more, submit work, or make a donation, visit the show website, www.knoxvillebuddingcreativity.com. The deadline for submissions is March...

Announcing AAF-Knoxville’s Sam Littleton Scholarship Program

Join Us To Celebrate A Remarkable Advertising Professional—And A Scholarship That, In His Name, Will Help New Professionals Start Their Careers Join us May 29 at Latitude 35 from 6 to 8pm as we announce AAF-Knoxville’s new Sam Littleton Scholarship program. The scholarship, offered to area college students in advertising-related fields of study, will provide needed assistance and will help celebrate the life and accomplishments of one of our area’s greatest advertising professionals. A native of Lenoir City, Sam Littleton (1938-2011) distinguished himself as a broadcast professional for decades throughout the state of Tennessee. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, he began his broadcast career doing play-by-play for the football team, and as a disc jockey at WGNS in Murfreesboro. There he met his future wife, Sue, and they married in 1961. They moved to Memphis and Sam worked with WMC Radio and WREG-TV. During the next 20 years, he also worked at WSM Radio, The Grand Ole Opry, and WSMV-TV. Sam moved back to Knoxville where he worked with several local media organizations, including WBIR/10 News 2, and finished his career as a semi-retired sales consultant with WVLT-TV. Sam was extremely active in AAF-Knoxville and other professional organizations. He served on the Board of Directors for AAF-Knoxville, and in 2005 was awarded the Robert McCabe Silver Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Sam was a true professional who, for those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, set a stellar example for our profession. This scholarship will allow AAF-Knoxville to continue sharing his legacy in the years to...