(schedule subject to change)
El Sistema Site Visit & Gathering
Wednesday, October 30, 4:00PM
Meet us at 4pm at Hibbard Elementary School and come see what an El Sistema-inspired Nucleo (program site) feels like and hear what our students can do after working in our program for just a few years 8-10 or 15-18 hours a week. We will gather for a reflection, food, and conversation afterwards with the 5th class of Sistema Fellows from the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA). Learn More
Thursday, October 31 - Saturday, November 2
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, October 31, 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, October 31, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ticketed event: $25
These dynamic, peer luncheons feature facilitated discussions that will provide you with new ideas and effective strategies for taking your organization to the next level.
Topics will include:
- Building Volunteer Programs
Discuss effective strategies for how to recruit, train, manage, and empower volunteers to support your organization and programs.
- Engaging Alumni
Share ideas for keeping former students engaged—as mentors, donors, ambassadors, and board members—long after they’ve graduated.
- Extending Arts Learning & Engagement Opportunities Online
Discuss strategies for harnessing the potential of online learning to reach new students, increase engagement, and catalyze creativity.
- Getting Grants
Share tips and techniques for building rewarding relationships with foundations and government funding agencies.
- High-Impact, Cost Effective Marketing
Trade cost effective techniques to drive enrollment and participation
- Practical Evaluation Strategies
Discuss cost-effective evaluation strategies and techniques that support program improvement and fuel advocacy and fundraising.
- Raising Real Money From Individuals
Share tips and techniques for raising funds from individual donors
- Reducing Churn: Student Retention Strategies
Trade techniques for retaining existing students in tuition-based programs to boost the bottom line and increase stability.
Opening Night Reception
Thursday, October 31, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Gather at the Fairmont Chicago to celebrate the kick-off of the 76th annual conference with friends old and new. Explore the Arts Education Expo. Have a drink, mingle, network, and connect! Halloween costumes encouraged.
Taste of Chicago Dine-Arounds
Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM
Join your peers as we head out to sample some of downtown Chicago's great eateries. You can join colleagues from similar organizations across the country or peers with similar job functions. Or mix it up and meet a diverse and fascinating group of community arts education leaders for mutual inspiration. Out of pocket.
Friday, November 1, 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Each of the Guild’s 10 regional chapters will meet for breakfast to network and plan chapter activities for the coming year. Chapter breakfasts are open to all conference delegates. Come meet peers from your neck of the woods!
Friday, November 1, 12:15 PM - 1:45PM
Meet with some of the National Guild's interest groups and regional chapters. Details on specific meetings will be posted later this summer.
You’re encouraged to bring your lunch to the networking meeting of your choice. A Grab & Go Box Lunch is available for purchase through the Guild for $20 when you register and must be purchased in advance. Otherwise, food is available in the food court, located on the lower level of in the AON Center, adjacent to the Fairmont. Please allow yourself 30 minutes roundtrip if visiting the food court. You do not have to purchase a lunch to participate in a Friday networking meeting.
Dia de Muertos Community Procession & Festivities
Friday, November 1, 5:45PM - 9:45PM
Roundtrip transportation will be provided from the Fairmont Chicago. Transportation fee: $10
Join us for Muertos de la Risa 2013, ElevArte Community Studio’s 34th annual Dia de Muertos community procession and the longest running Day of the Dead event in Pilsen, a primarily Latino neighborhood on Chicago’s Lower West Side. The Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday focused on gatherings to pray for and celebrate the friends and family members who are deceased. The evening’s festivities on November 1 will kick-off with a multi-disciplinary street spectacle that includes community installations in partner sites, a procession with mojigangas (giant puppets), decorated hand-pushed carts, and a neighborhood brass band. There also will be indoor performances by youth in Elevarte’s Calavera Circus who will delight you with juggling, plate-spinning, stilt-walking and more. The festivities will culminate with Concheros— indigenous, ceremonial dances of ancient Mexico. Following these festivities, enjoy dinner with your peers at one of Pilsen’s delicious eateries. Learn more!
Annual Awards Luncheon
Saturday, November 2, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Join us for a celebratory luncheon honoring extraordinary arts leaders for their contributions to the field.
Closing Night Celebration
Saturday, November 2, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Celebrate new friendships, collaborations, and insights, and raise a glass to our continued work together as a dynamic learning community.