Spring for the Arts—Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

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For 15 years, the Creative Arts Guild has hosted its annual Spring for the Arts luncheon, fashion show, raffle and art market.

Spring for the Arts 2018 Co-Chairs, Alana Langford and Cathy Snyder, invite the community to attend.

The event opens at 10:30am with an accessories art market and a raffle filled with specialty items, gift packages, gift certificates and guest passes from area businesses, organizations and arts supporters. The accessories art market will feature works by area artists including Peggy Allen, Laura Allgood, Paula Plott Gregg, Peace of Thread, Silks by Traci, and Thursday Night Jewelry.

A luncheon and the highly popular fashion show follow - beginning at 11:45am. This year’s fashion show features spring fashions from participating retailers: Anna Ball White, Carla's Fashions, Fitness Barre, The Fitting Room, Hitch, The Pine Needle, Reese’s Fashion Gallery, Sassi & Co, and Unique Selections. 

Support for “Arts in Education”

The Guild’s Arts in Education programs consist of internal educational classes and workshops in dance, visual arts, music, and gymnastics; field trip offerings; needs-based arts scholarships for Guild students; our annual Student Arts Expo (currently on display through March 23rd); and our newest Arts in Education venture – Creative Connections – an annual professional development conference for all our area school arts educators in all arts disciplines. A partnership with the O.N. Jonas Foundation has annually afforded invaluable Artists in Residence educational experiences for area students.

Executive Director, Amanda Brown explains, “The partnership between the Creative Arts Guild and the O.N. Jonas Foundation is instrumental in our collaborative ability to serve students at large in our area schools. The partnership provides Artists in Residence opportunities for our area students – striving to ensure that every child in our community may participate in the arts. The partnership is committed to broadening student arts exposure and education in grades pre-K through 12 in Dalton City, Whitfield County and Murray County schools, as well as the Elbert Shaw Regional Detention Center, Crossroads Academy, Mountain Creek Academy and Northstar School.” In 2017, these arts education programs created nearly 29,000 arts experiences for the students enrolled in these schools.

Karey Williams, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for Whitfield County Schools offers praise for the programs: “The O.N. Jonas programs allow students to experience artistic expression and various art forms from around the world.  Our students are able to experience dance, drama, singing, and art in their own schools without having to travel to distant locations.  Every year I am amazed at the talent of the performers, and we are so appreciative of the O.N. Jonas Foundation for making this all possible!”

The Creative Arts Guild Launches “Creative Connections”

On October 30, 2017, with the support of Arts in Education funding, the Guild hosted its first annual arts educator’s conference – “Creative Connections” – designed for area arts educators in all arts disciplines. The conference was born from CAG’s interest in supporting working artists including arts educators. A group of arts educators from our three area school systems – Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Murray County Schools – gathered to explore how CAG could better support them. From that discussion came the idea for the conference and its unique workshops. The Guild then worked closely with a team of administrators and arts educators from the school systems acting as an advisory panel during the development of the conference. Jessica Booth, the Fine Arts Program Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education served as the keynote speaker. 100 teachers attended, and CAG received tremendous feedback. One teacher said that in 30 years of teaching, Creative Connections was the “best professional development he had ever received”. Many other teachers commented and sent thank you letters to their periodicals and to CAG.

Why “Arts in Education”?

Research has shown that arts education and exposure to all fine arts has numerous benefits including improved academic achievement, cultural awareness, inventiveness, social and emotional development, and civic engagement. It also promotes self-directed learning, improves school attendance and sharpens critical and creative skills. Through the arts, students learn to design, collaborate, problem solve and express themselves effectively – skills which translate well into a strong foundation for business and commerce. The Guild’s Arts in Education programs strive to ensure that all of our community’s children are engaged in the arts and are granted the benefits of art experiences regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Ticket Information and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Creative Arts Guild invites everyone to make reservations for the fashion show and luncheon and join in the fun for this great cause on March 22nd at the Farm. Tickets for Spring for the Arts 2018 are $50. Tickets are available now and there is still time to become a sponsor of this year’s event!

For more information about sponsorship, or to purchase tickets please call Leanne Gillilan Martin at (706) 217-6677.


Thank you to our 2018 Spring For The Arts Sponsors!

Michaelangelo Level

Ken and Myra White

Rembrandt Level

Mieke De Clerck Hanssens

Van Gogh Level

Jack Bandy

Norris and Billie Little


Carstar North & South
Dalton Dermatomogy & Day Spa
Jolly Textile Sales
Modern Woodman - Shell Underwood
Mohawk Commercial Product Development


Anna Young Adamson
The Andersen Company
Mike and Anne Barker
BB&T Investmenst - Ken Kencaid and Joel Theis
clark, davies, easley & pool
Dalton Family Practice
Jerry Henderson
Just Christi
Dixie Kinard
Marvin and Joanne Lewis
Cindy McCreery
Morgan & Associates Realty, LLC
Cindy Morris
Myers Carpet Co.
Mr. Real Estate
North Georgia Urology Center
Norville Industries, Inc.
Dr. Frank Patterson 
Peds Care, P.C.
David and Pam Pennington
Snipes Orthodontics
Cathy and Steve Snyder

Dave and Pauli's Art Emporium
Adcock Financial Group 
Beautiful Smiles by Design
Taylor's Tire & Service

Sustaining Givers

Jeanne Burr
Textile Rubber
Marketing Alliance
Barrett Properties
Cindy Michaels
Bob and Dottie Shaw
Ken and Myra White
Gregg and Sandra Sims
John and Cynthia Wilson