Arts in Education

Creative Connections Arts Educators’ Conference

SAVE THE DATE: We are thrilled to bring Creative Connections back in 2022! It will be held on Monday, October 24. More details to come!

Creative Connections is the Creative Arts Guild's annual arts educators' conference.

On Monday, October 28, 2019, the Guild hosted local arts educators from our 3 area school systems: Dalton Public Schools, Murray County Schools, and Whitfield County Schools for a full day of professional development.

The goals of Creative Connections are:

  • To offer accessible, local, quality professional development for our area arts educators
  • To offer opportunities for vertical teaming and cross curriculum/cross disciplinary discussion
  • To build and strengthen community partnerships by sharing resources across our three area public school systems
  • To support area arts educators so that they feel validated and celebrated and so leave Creative Connections refueled and eager to get back into the classroom and share the arts with their students


Creative Connections offers a wide variety of workshops taught by high quality arts educators and teaching artists from all over our region. Each conference participant was able to select two 1.5 hour workshops through the online registration process. For more info, please contact Creative Arts Guild Executive Director, Amanda Brown at 706.259.1974 or

About Creative Connections

Creative Connections was born from a re-visioning process of the Creative Arts Guild that began in summer of 2015. The purpose of our process was to ensure we are doing our best to serve our current community needs in the areas of arts in culture as our community stands today. One thing that came out of the yearlong process was our renewed focus on supporting working artists and our arts educators. As the Guild has always had a strong interest and focus on arts education for the art student, the opportunity to deepen that relationship and broaden arts exposure to all - through professional development for arts educators is an exciting new venture. The Creative Arts Guild worked very closely with a team of administrators and arts educators - with representatives from all of our area public school systems - who acted as an advisory panel during the development of the conference. Because of their guidance and input, we can be sure that the conference is geared towards the needs of our teachers. We look forward to hosting everyone again and to having a day of celebration, exploration and learning focused entirely around the arts! 

We - at the Creative Arts Guild - want this to feel like gas in the tank for our arts educators - something to nourish their minds and souls - so that they are ready to jump back into the classroom with some fresh energy – feeling supported, appreciated and celebrated for the work they do! We are honored to be your trusted resource for arts and culture in our community! Thank you!

2019 Keynote Speaker - Sponsored by O.N. Jonas Foundation

Dr. Connie Frigo 

Culling from 25 years of experience as an international performer, professor and creative thinker, Dr. Connie Frigo, Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Georgia, delivers workshops that deepen the learning experience and heighten performance results for musicians, educators and audiences. In addition to her international performing and teaching credentials, she is a sought-after presenter on professional development, entrepreneurship, creativity and women in music. She is also a steadfast organizer of interdisciplinary events with a focus on the creative process, human connection and engaging new audiences.  


Connie is the inaugural Chair of the North American Saxophone Alliance's Committee on the Status of Women, where her leadership has overseen the launch of a women’s mentoring program, a saxophone concerto consortium commission by a woman composer for a woman soloist and middle school band, and gender data collection for the 1800-member organization. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands and an Artist/Clinician with Henri Selmer Paris and D’Addario.  


Career highlights include six years with the premier U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C, a position she won as a junior in college, making her the youngest member of the band for three years; seven years touring nationally as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; and faculty positions at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Maryland at College Park and Ithaca College prior to UGA. She is the founder of Road of Creativity, a coaching and consultancy service focused on helping people remove barriers between themselves and their deepest artistic potential. 


Connie’s research on the discipline of creativity and the impact it can have on the learning and teaching of classical music has led to new teaching strategies for the applied studio.  She was a UGA Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow for Innovative Teaching, with a focus on “Flipping the Classroom.” Graduates of Connie’'s saxophone studio earn military band positions, university and public school teaching positions, graduate assistantships at leading schools of music across the country, and also pursue other career fields as double majors with music. Her students have won concerto, young artist, and chamber music competitions at national levels. 


In recent years, Connie has traveled to Italy, Russia, Brazil, Panama and Croatia to perform and teach. She has served on the summer faculties of the American Saxophone Academy at the Eastman School of Music, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, and the Dakota Chamber Music Festival in North Dakota, and has recorded with Mark Custom Records, Channel Classics and Basta labels.  In August 2017, her trio, The Yargo Trio, featuring flute and piano, released their debut album Voices, Reimagined, produced by Mark Records. 


With a special interest in collaborating with living composers, Frigo has been a part of commissioning and premiering the works of many composers including Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV, Bang On a Can co-founder David Lang, Ben Johnston, John Fitz Rogers, Joel Love and Peter van Zandt Lane, among others. In 2020, Yargo will premiere a new work written for them by American composer Lowell Liebermann. 


For the North American Saxophone Alliance, Connie has served as Coordinator of Competitions (2007-2010) and 2014 Biennial Conference Program Chair. She is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund, Netherlands-America Foundation, and Chamber Music America, and is a graduate of Ithaca College (BM), U. of Illinois (MM), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Fulbright) and U. of South Carolina (DMA).