Aretta Baumgartner became the Center for Puppetry Arts’s Education Director in July 2011. Her prior and current work, nationally and internationally (as a performer and teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask, and movement) have been assets to her position leading the educational activities at the Center. Along with her teaching and performing career, Baumgartner has also sat on numerous committees for the Puppeteers of America and served as the Great Lakes Regional Director of the Puppeteers of America (for which she received the “Applause Applause Award”). As someone who is constantly learning about and giving back to her craft, Baumgartner is a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (for which she is the Puppetry Arts liaison), Atlanta Puppetry Guild, Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild, Educational Theatre Association, Puppeteers of America, Theatre Communications Group and UNIMA-USA. She has a B. A. in Theatre Arts from Ashland University and an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati, and has traveled extensively to train, perform and teach.

Dees has over 20 years experience in non-profit arts education. Graduating from Queens University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Summa Cum Laude, she continued her studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Continuing Studies program taking courses in Museum Studies, Art History, and Japanese. Dees, then serving as Education Director, founded the Center’s Distance Learning program in 1998 by request of the Executive Director. The Center was one of the first arts agencies in the nation to provide arts education programming via videoconferencing. This program has accumulated accolades from across the country. Dees’ career also involves serving on the Content Advisory Board for the Center for Interactive Learning Collaboration, a national non-profit K-12 educational videoconferencing agency. Dees served as one of only five approved arts consultants for the Georgia Council for the Arts until 2011. Prior to this position, Dees served also as Outreach Coordinator, and Artist-in-Residence for the Center.

Puppetry is truly a unifying creative force. As a global art form, puppetry celebrates the unique voice of every culture and finds connections between all people of all ages, races, shapes, sizes, colors, beliefs and backgrounds. It’s a magical place where all the arts meet, where everyone can re-discover the child inside himself/herself, and where the power of play can be harnessed into imagination and innovation.

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• Main Sponsor: MailChimp (mailchimp.com)
• Video by Tandem Bike (TandemBikeMedia.com)
• Hosted by Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

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