James brings his creativity and high energy to every creatED training session, engaging participants to think differently. James has been dedicated to supporting arts in schools, working closely with students, teachers and administrators in Tennessee and across the US. Prior to Crayola, James was the Fine Art Instructional Advisor for Shelby County School District in Memphis, Tennessee and the Director of Arts Access/Art Education Coordinator for the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville, Tennessee. He has participated in leading numerous initiatives that kept art at the forefront of education including revising art standards for the state of Tennessee. As the Education Programs Manager for Culture & Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he also designed educational programs for both school groups and families. In addition to his work at Crayola, James continues to be involved in art education as a leader within the National Art Educators Association and a member of this Professional Organization’s Art Leaders Program.