ORG Center for Puppetry Arts Title BIO Patty Dees has over 15 years experience in non-profit arts education. Dees secured a position at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia in 1996, became the Education Director for the Center in 1998, and founded the Center's videoconferencing program, Distance Learning, in 1998. This program has accumulated numerous national and international accolades: 2006-2010 Teachers' Favorite Award for Best Content Provider in Fine Arts, 2007-2010 CILC Pinnacle Award, and a Tech Laureate Award (one of only 25 internationally) under the Microsoft Education Award category/the Tech Museum. The program has served 48 states, 4 countries, and over 200,000 participants. Dees was recently appointed by Georgia Council for the Arts to serve on the Arts Education Consultant Bank.