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Join us in San Francisco/Oakland, November 15-18, 2017!

The Conference for Community Arts Education addresses the specific needs of nonprofit arts education organizations and provides support for expanding equitable access to arts learning opportunities in communities across the country. Featuring more than four dozen workshops, roundtables, plenary sessions, site visits, and social events—plus full-day preconference institutes—delegates develop new skills, share effective practices, build relationships with colleagues, and return home inspired with new ideas about how to advance their organization and better serve their community. 

Registration will open July 2017. Deep discounts for Guild member organizations.


Resources from California Planning Meetings

On February 8 and 9, the Guild hosted staff of California organizations at planning meetings (in the Bay Area and Pasadena) to discuss the needs of local arts communities. The notes and resources we collected there provide insight and tools for anyone interested in proposing a session for the conference.

     Bay Area Notes and Resources                    Pasadena Notes and Resources


Past Conference Keynotes

Watch videos of some of our recent Keynote Speakers

Conference Reflections Series

Delegates from past conferences share their insights and take-aways.

  • 2016 Conference Reflections from Travis Laughlin, Senior Director of Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation; Jean Taylor, Lead Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Education; Alejandra Saenz, Youth Delegate, Creative Action
  • Teaching Artists - You Are Highly Valued! by Maureen Sweeney, Director of Education, Philadelphia Theatre Company
  • 2015 Conference Reflections from Adriana Borzellino, Deputy Executive Director, Dancing Classrooms; Erika Floreska, Executive Director, Bloomingdale School of Music; Glenna Avila, Director of Youth Programs and Artistic Director, CalArts Community Arts Partnership; Adam Johnston, Manager of Community Engagement Programs, Settlement Music School

Top banner photo credits: (left to right) Rosie's House, Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco Travel Association; CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Valencia, CA; Dances for a Variable Population, New York, NY; Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.