Thursday, November 12 - Saturday, November 14
Meet with an expert in the field for a free consultation focused on your questions, challenges, and areas of interest. Consultations are available for individuals or groups on a first-come, first served basis during scheduled Office Hours blocks. List of experts TBA. You may sign-up for a consultation on-site at the registration desk.
Discipline Roundtable Breakfasts
Thursday, November 12, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Kick-off your conference experience by engaging in a focused conversation with your peers that work in your artistic discipline at organizations across the country. This is a great way for veterans and first-time conference attendees alike to make connections that will last through the next three days and beyond!
Breakfast meetings are planned for Dance, Music, Theatre, Media Arts, and Visual Arts disciplines.
Next Level Luncheons
Thursday, November 12, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ticketed event: $35
These dynamic, peer luncheons feature facilitated discussions that will generate ideas and practical strategies for taking your organization to the next level. Topics include:
- Activating Your Brand
- Building Student Participation in Fee-Based Programs
- Facing the Future: Effective Succession Planning
- Harnessing the Power of Volunteers
- Meeting Them Where They Are: Strategies for Online Arts Learning
- Mobilizing Parents and Families as Advocates
- Raising Real Money with Corporate Partners
- Recruiting and Retaining Talented Staff
- Technology Planning and Integration
- Using Data to Tell Your Organization’s Story
Opening Night Reception
Thursday, November 12, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Gather at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown to celebrate the kick-off of the 78th annual conference with friends old and new. Explore the Arts Education Expo. Have a drink, mingle, network, and connect!
Taste of Philadelphia Dine-Arounds
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 PM
Join your peers as we head out to sample some of Philadelphia's great eateries. Out of pocket.
Meet the Ambassadors Breakfast
Friday, November 13, 8:00AM - 8:45PM
Meet with the 18 arts education leaders that have been selected to serve as this year's Guild Ambassadors. Learn about upcoming professional development and networking events, connect with members that share your interest or live in your area, and find out how to get involved!
Friday, November 13, 12:15 PM - 1:45PM
Meet with some of the National Guild's Networks and Ambassadors. Meetings will include:
- Arts-in-Education Roundtable
- Arts Centers Roundtable
- Collegiate Divisional Roundtable
- Creative Youth Development Roundtable
- Culturally Specific Roundtable
- Large School Roundtable
- Mid-Size School Roundtable
- Small School Roundtable
Get to Know the Guild Breakfast
Saturday, November 14, 7:30AM - 8:45AM
Learn about new developments at the Guild, exciting upcoming programs, and the diverse benefits of Guild Membership. Staff members will lead an in-depth discussion on what the Guild can offer you and your organization. Come, enjoy your breakfast, and learn about how the Guild is advancing arts learning opportunities for all.
Saturday, November 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00PM
Get out of the hotel and into the community for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Philadelphia area's exemplary community arts education organizations. Visits include facility tours, overviews of each organization's key programs and inner workings, and an opportunity for in-depth dialogue with peers working in similar disciplines or program types.
Annual Awards Luncheon
Saturday, November 14, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Join us for a celebratory luncheon honoring Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, Founding President and CEO of Ifetayo Cultural Arts (Brooklyn, NY) and other extraordinary arts leaders for their outstanding contributions to the arts education field
Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour
Saturday, November 14, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Ticketed event: $15
Tour leaves from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Explore the world’s largest art gallery on foot during this one-mile Mural Arts Program walking tour. A professionally trained guide will share the stories of the people, places, and themes of each mural. Along the way, you also will learn about the culture of the neighborhoods, how the murals complement their environment, and the 30-year history of the nationally-recognized Mural Arts Program.
Saturday, November 14, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Some conferences conclude with a whimper. Ours will end with a burst of creativity! Join other delegates and presenters in a dynamic session designed to spark insights regarding critical issues and themes that emerged during our time together in Philadelphia. What did you see or hear that excited you, surprised you or that will influence your work, your organization, or the field? Depart Philadelphia charged up and filled with new ideas!
Closing Night Celebration
Saturday, November 14, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Celebrate new friendships, collaborations, and insights, and raise a glass to our continued work together as a field!