Woodruff Arts Center // Educator Conference

Arts Education

The 11th Annual
Woodruff Arts Center
Educator Conference

Presented by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art, the 11th Annual Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference: Experience, Create, Educate occurred on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Designed to serve educators of all grade levels (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12) and all content areas, this one-day, in-person event explored best practices and innovations in arts education while providing educators exclusive access to world-class art, as well as meaningful opportunities to connect with fellow educators and related professionals.


Online registration is now closed, effective at 12:00 PM EST (noon) on Friday, May 31, 2024.  Participants may register in-person at the Help Desk (as a walk-up) at the event.  Individual tickets cost $100/person and offer access to all Educator Conference events, including select Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances, as well as exclusive access to the High Musuem of Art.

Participants are advised not to add additional packages (such as parking) to their Educator Conference registration order. Our team will communicate parking details and discounts directly with registered guests as the event approaches.

Large Group Attendance

District and school representatives are encouraged to support group attendance. Groups of 5+ receive a 10% discount ($90/person), and groups of 10+ receive a 15% discount ($85/person). Please contact groups@alliancetheatre.org if you are interested in coordinating large group attendance on behalf of your organization.

Conference Schedule

10:00 AM
  • Meet & Greet with Art Partners Sales and Audience Development Teams
  • Coffee & Tea provided by Refuge Coffee Co.
11:00 AM
  • Sarah Grant, Senior Director of Education, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Trent Anderson, Director of Development, Alliance Theatre
  • Andrew Westover, PhD, Eleanor M. Storza Deputy Director, Learning & Civic Engagement


Keynote Speaker: Christy Todd, 2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year
12:15 PMLunch provided by Honey Baked Ham
1:15 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions – Block #1
2:30 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions – Block #2
5:00 PM
Networking Break | Musical Interlude presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (5 – 5:30 PM) | Complimentary Refreshments (Water & Lemonade) at Table 1280
6:00 PM
  • Dinner provided by Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q
  • Beverages provided by Premier Events
  • Experience: After-Hours Access to the High Museum of Art
  • Create: Art-Making Stations (Friendship Bracelets and Buttons)
7:30 PM
Transition & Networking Break
8:00 PM
Evening Performances

Keynote Speaker

Christy Todd, 2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year

2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Christy ToddNamed the 2024 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Christy Todd is a music technology teacher who believes every child has a creative superpower.

In addition to teaching classes at Rising Starr Middle School in Fayetteville, Georgia, Todd is the founder of her district’s Community for Creativity initiative, supporting schoolwide creation of songs, podcasts, videos, audio books and more, which are released through the school’s recording label, Hall Pass Entertainment. Passionate about building opportunities for all students to create, Todd launched a special music collaboration between fine arts and special education classrooms that has impacted more than 10,000 students over the last 15 years.

Prior to teaching, Todd worked in business development in the nonprofit sector and draws from that experience to build connections between students, colleagues, families and communities. She began her teaching career as a chorus director and still actively conducts honor choirs, along with publishing articles and research for various state, national and international education journals.

Todd’s career recognitions include 2013 Grammy Music Teacher of the Year National Quarterfinalist, 2016 Georgia Middle School Association’s Teacher of the Year, 2022 Fayette County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and was recently named one of four nationwide finalists for 2024 National Teacher of the Year. Todd received a Bachelor of Music Education from Shorter College, a Master of Music Education from Florida State University, and currently resides in Griffin, GA.

Professional Learning Hours

The 11th Annual Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference will offer approximately up to 10 hours of in-person professional learning, total. Following the event, the Woodruff Arts Center will provide participants a certificate to document the total number of professional learning hours completed. Please note that professional learning requirements vary by district and school. As such, we defer to Educator Conference attendees to coordinate with their district and school to confirm that the Educator Conference meets their specific requirements.

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Presented By:

Thank You, Sponsors!

The Zeist Foundation
Sketch For Schools

Thank You, Catering Partners!

Refuge Coffee Co.
Williamson Bros. BarBQ