Teaching Artist 101: Getting Started in Georgia

Presented by Jeff Mather, co-founder of Atlanta Partnership for Arts In Learning (APAL)

Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 10:30am -1:30pm
Cost: $35 for C4 Atlanta members, $45 for non-members
Location: 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 

C4 Atlanta presents Teaching Artist 101: Getting Started in Georgia. This program is designed for artists interested in becoming teaching artists in the state of Georgia in the K-12 education environment. It is also appropriate for new teaching artists. Lead by local veteran teaching artist Jeff Mather, this workshop will cover the basics of what artists of any discipline need to know to get started as a teaching artist in Georgia.

Participants will gain knowledge of:

  • Necessary experience requirements to get started
  • Presenting yourself professionally as a teaching artist
  • Understanding STEAM and core curriculum needs in GA.
  • Getting added to local teaching artist registries
  • Resources for ongoing support
About the facilitator: Jeff Mather

Jeff Mather is a lead artist, co-founder, and board president for the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning (APAL). He is a community-based public artist & environmental sculptor and has served since 2012 as STEAM Artist in Residence at Drew Charter School, the first STEAM-certified charter school in Georgia. Two of his partnerships at Drew Charter received Innovations awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and were documented by Georgia Public Broadcasting. Mather has also travelled to Logan, Utah twice a year since 2012 where he is the lead artist for the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Access program, a full inclusion arts program that serves students with disabilities.  He has worked as a teaching artist extensively in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the southeast as an independent artist and educator, serving over 150 sites, some having him return year after year. He has conducted hundreds of workshops and assembly programs in schools and other community venues. A member of Alternate ROOTS since 1992, he has had several of his community-based public art projects funded by ROOTS’ Community/Artist Partnership Program. He is also a facilitator with Alternate ROOTS’ Resources for Social Change training team. He is on the teaching artist registry for the Georgia Council for the Arts. In addition to his many sculpture residencies, Mather was the lead artist for the Woodruff Art Center’s Digital Storytelling Program and is accomplished in digital media. As an APAL partner artist he has co-taught Geometry, Chemistry, and World History. He has run digital storytelling residencies as part of APAL’s intensive partnership with the South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice, developing a two semester ‘Art for Social Justice’ course for L&SJ, based on a sequence of back-to-back residencies with four other teaching artists participating. He has also been the lead artist for the On Site/Insight Program, coaching multi-school environmental art partnerships in Atlanta Public Schools, one of which resulted in the installation of the first permanent outdoor sculpture on the grounds of the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta. 


$35 for C4 Atlanta Members

$45 for non-members

For what type of artist is this program appropriate?

This program is appropriate for artists who are considering becoming a teaching artist in any discipline. For the purposes of this program, teaching artist is defined as an artist who presents arts education workshops or programs for K-12 schools. This program is also appropriate for new teaching artists. This program WILL NOT cover requirements for teaching certification for the purpose of becoming a classroom arts teacher.

What will this program cover?

A full course agenda for this program is available to download here:


When will this program be offered again?
This program is a one-time, pop-up class offering.

Payment and Refund Policy

Full payment is required to reserve a spot and guarantee enrollment in all classes and workshops offered by C4 Atlanta. Credit Card payments may be made online through the registration form or through our online payment form at https://c4atlanta.org/pay.

Checks should be made out to C4 Atlanta, PO Box 170319, Atlanta, GA 30317. Payment must be received before the first class session.

You may cancel your enrollment, without penalty, by notifying C4 Atlanta, in writing (via written letter or email), at least 10 days prior to the first class session.

If we receive your notification at least 10 days prior to the first class session, we will refund 100% of the tuition, minus a $10 administrative fee; or we will offer 100% of the tuition as credit toward a future C4 Atlanta class to be used within the following three months.

If you cancel your enrollment less than 10 days prior to the first class session, you will receive a 50% refund of the cost of tuition; or we will offer 50% of the tuition as credit toward a future C4 Atlanta class to be used within the following three months.

If you cancel within 48 hours of the first class session, C4 Atlanta will not offer any refunds.

C4 Atlanta reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment. We will notify you in case of a cancellation and we will refund 100% of your class fee.

Membership fees are not refundable under any circumstances. The refund policy described in the above paragraphs is non-inclusive of membership fees.