Arts in Education

Creative Connections Arts Educators’ Conference


Click  HERE for a complete list of our 2017 Workshops and Teaching Artists!

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

On Monday, October 30, 2017, the Guild will host 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 assessable, local, quality professional development for our area arts educators
  • To offer opportunities for vertical teaming and cross curriculum/cross discipline 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 our students


The schedule is as follows: 

8:30-9am – Arrival and Check-in

9am-9:15am – Welcome

9:15-10am – Keynote

10:05-11:35 – Breakout Session/Workshop 1

11:40am-1:10pm – Extended Lunch – Vertical Teaming and Standards 

1:15-2:45pm – Breakout Session/Workshop 2

2:50-3:15pm – Closing Remarks and Celebration

3:15pm-4pm – Social Hour, Celebration


2017 Keynote Speaker

Jessica Booth - Fine Arts Program Specialist of Curriculum and Instruction for the Georgia Department of Education will serve as the keynote speaker for the conference and will also lead the extended lunch vertical teaming and standards discussions. Ms. Booth is at the root of all of the new standards, curriculum and subject areas in fine arts and having her with us as the new standards roll out, is a privilege and a huge benefit for all who attend.

Jessica Booth serves as the Fine Arts Education Program Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education. In her twenty years as an art educator in Georgia she has taught visual art at the middle, high school, and university level, and has served as a district fine arts supervisor for two different urban school systems. In her current role, Jessica leads professional development, best-practice curriculum and assessment strategies, and the development of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Fine Art in Georgia. Jessica developed the GA STEAM certification for schools and Georgia’s Fine Arts Diploma Seal for graduating seniors that focuses on promoting community service through the arts.


Jessica was named Georgia Secondary and the National Southeastern Secondary Educator of the Year in 2009 and the Georgia and National Southeastern Administration and Supervision Educator of the Year in 2011 and serves as the Member at Large of the Georgia Art Education Association. Jessica was a member of the inaugural NAEA School for Arts Leaders cohort and currently serves NAEA as a member of the Professional Materials Committee and as the Southeastern Representative to the Administration and Supervision Division. She graduated with her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a Masters of Art Education from Georgia State University, and an Educational Specialist in Leadership and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.





Creative Connections will be offering a wide variety of workshops taught by high quality arts educators and teaching artists from all over our region. Each conference participant will be able to select two 1.5 hour workshops. Workshop spaces are limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Educators will be able to select which workshops they would like to take through the online registration process. A complete list of the 2017 workshops can be found here.  If you have any trouble at all, please contact Creative Arts Guild Executive Director, Amanda Brown at 706.259.1974 or

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 that certainly includes 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 3 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 - 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!