The Guild serves Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Murray County Schools through a multidistrict Student Arts Expo, with entries available to public, private and home schooled students. The expo is held in the Guild’s main gallery and performance hall for all age levels, as well as high school IB (international baccalaureate) Student Exhibit/Exams over a five-week period, drawing an audience of approximately 5,000.
The Guild partners with the O.N. Jonas Artist-In-School Program that provides artist residencies throughout the school year in the three area school districts, the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center, Cross Roads, Morris Innovative and North Star alternative schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and Cross Plains Community Partners. Two annual field trip performances are facilitated at Dalton’s historic Wink Theatre for students from the entire northwest Georgia region to experience.
As the primary artistic and cultural organization in its region, the Guild, in alliance with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and Dalton State College, has been charged with leading and implementing the arts and cultural component for our region of the state. In co-operation with the city of Dalton, the Guild provides technical assistance for city-sponsored activities.
The Guild not only celebrates its rich past but enthusiastically embraces the future to ensure that young children will be sitting where we are in 50 years, celebrating the Guild’s contributions to the enrichment of their lives. The Guild’s history is vital and inspiring; it is a living history — an evolving history — and we are charged with ensuring that the story continues in a positive and meaningful direction.
The Guild’s mission is to cultivate and sustain a supportive and nurturing environment for the arts in northwest Georgia through education and outreach; to create new audiences for the arts; to support established artists and nurture emerging ones; and to provide area residents with opportunities for enriching creative and cultural experiences.
Our past is important and helps to remind us of the solidity, the stability and creativity of the extraordinary men and women who came before us and the necessity to continue their work to ensure the arts remain a vital part of our community for the future.