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What's a Conference without Great Conversations & New Connections?

Each year we hear from delegates that one of the most valuable aspects of attending the Conference for Community Arts Education are the discussions that result from both formal and on-the-fly networking opportunities. With that in mind, we've planned the following events.

Conference delegates represent nonprofit arts education organizations across the country, including arts and cultural centers, community arts schools, preparatory programs, performing arts companies, youth serving organizations (e.g., Boys and Girls Clubs of America), museums, and other agencies. Some organizations provide classes and lessons in their own facilities; others collaborate with senior centers, hospitals, public schools, and other agencies to increase access to arts education. Many do both.

Connect with your peers across the country during the following events!

(schedule subject to change)

Office Hours

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 provide you with new ideas and effective strategies for taking your organization to the next level.

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. 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.

Networking Meetings 

Friday, November 13, 12:15 PM - 1:45PM

Meet with some of the National Guild's Networks and Ambassadors. Details on specific meetings will be posted later this summer.

Site Visits 

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 extraordinary arts leaders for their contributions to the field.

Creative Sparks 

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, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Celebrate new friendships, collaborations, and insights, and raise a glass to our continued work together as a dynamic learning community.


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