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The Conference for Community Arts Education provides essential professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists. In 2014, over 550 leaders from 300+ organizations nationwide met in Los Angeles and explored ways to amplify our impact, increase demand and support for arts education, and transform our communities.
In our Conference Reflections series, delegates from the 2014 Conference for Communtiy Arts Education share their insights and take-aways from their time in Los Angeles.
by Lynn Johnson, Teaching Artists' Guild, Oakland, CA
I had never been to an arts education conference where folks couldn’t stop clapping, cheering, laughing, and shouting. Not before November 20, 2014 anyway. Not before 80+ participants packed themselves into a room set up for 40 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Not before the National Guild made the bold choice to devote three days and four sessions to exploring the state of Teaching Artistry and putting Eric Booth at the helm...Read More
by Talia Gibas, Arts for All Manager, Los Angeles County Arts Comission, Los Angeles, CA
...As a first time attendee, I was asked to share personal reflections from the gathering, paying particular attention to high-level takeaways...I was impacted...and what follows is a synthesis of the big questions, concerns, and points of inspiration that remain weeks after the fact...Read More
by Aliza Greenberg, COBALT Manager, Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York, NY
...what struck me most was the honesty with which we told our stories and the way we wrestled with our challenges together. At the conference, I knew I would be exploring how to make our work more legitimate in the eyes of those outside our field...but I didn't expect that having the space to talk abuot challenges and missteps would bring such relief and excitement...Read More
Tim Robbins is a recipient of the 2014 National Guild Leadership Award. The Award recognizes Robbins’ innovative and socially conscious work as a film and theater artist, his passionate commitment to equity and social justice, as well as his steadfast advocacy and support for arts education. The Prison Project at The Actors’ Gang is an inspiring, national model for our field which demonstrates the power of arts participation to unlock human potential and creativity, heal, and transform lives. More
Past plenary sessions are available online! You can watch videos from our past three conferences. We've recently added the following keynote addresses from our 2013 Conference:
Building Smart Education Systems: Your Role in a Community-Wide Approach to Public Education
Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education
Solomons Company/Dance Inc., New York, NY
"The conference is the best opportunity to stay in touch with what is happening in arts education nationally. I always come away inspired."
Community Arts Center
Photos Left to Right: RAW Art works, Lynn, MA; CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Los Angeles, CA (photographer: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle); Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga, CA; Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA; New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis, TN, and Watts Towers, Los Angeles, CA.
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