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Wednesday, November 15, 9:30AM - 4:30PM, Oakland, CA

Led by highly-experienced facilitators, these full-day institutes provided institutes with an increased understanding of critical issues in community arts education and the opportunity to develop and practice new skills.

This year’s preconference sessions was held at Oakstop, in the heart of Uptown Oakland. Oakstop is a community-focused art gallery and shared workspace for local and emerging artists, fostering collaboration, professional development, and economic sustainability for creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. (The main conference [Nov. 16 – 18] was held at the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco.)

CAELI Alumni Retreat – Refuse to Despair: Building Community, Generating Hope, Demonstrating Courage - SOLD OUT

 Our first-ever CAELI Alumni Retreat is designed to enable you to reconnect with the central ideas of the Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, build relationships with other program alumni, and continue learning from long-time faculty members: John McCann and Ronnie Brooks. Together, we'll address the challenges presented by the increased tension in our communities; the continued difficulty of gaining adequate support for the work itself; and the need to generate resilience, strength, and hope in ourselves and those with whom we work. We will also explore what leadership especially requires now, what courage means and how to foster it, and strategies for self-renewal. Join us to expand the impact of your CAELI experience and strengthen your connection to a diverse network of peers. Following the CAELI approach, the day will be highly interactive, enabling participants to reflect on their own experiences, share ideas with each other, and draw upon the wisdom of faculty.


  • Ronnie BrooksFounding Director, Shannon Leadership Institute, Saint Paul, MN
  • John McCann, Founder and President, Partners in Performance, Blacksburg, VA

This preconference institute is for CAELI alumni only.

Catalyzing Creative Aging Institute - SOLD OUT

 Nonprofit arts education organizations are uniquely positioned to play a leading role in providing innovative programming for an aging population that is living longer, healthier lives. In this full-day institute, led by Lifetime Arts, you will gain a deeper understanding of current research and funding trends in creative aging, best practices for designing and implementing arts education programs for older adults, and strategies for recruiting and retaining older adult participation. Through experiential exercises and case studies, we’ll examine effective practices in program design and implementation, and the impact of ageism and generational differences in this work. Join us to learn how developing new creative aging programs or deepening existing programs can raise organizational visibility, increase engagement, and provide additional revenue streams. Return home with a preliminary action plan for developing a new or existing creative aging program in your community!


  • Maura O'Malley, CEO & Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts, New Rochelle, NY
  • Nathan Majoros, Program Director, Lifetime Arts, New Rochelle, NY
  • Annie Meek Montgomery, Director of Professional Development, New Rochelle, NY

Special Capacity Building and Seed Grant Opportunity
Guild members interested in attending this preconference are incouraged to apply to our new Catalyzing Creative Aging Program, a capacity building and seed grant program. Successful applicants will be funded to participate in the Catalyzing Creative Aging Preconference Institute, as well as a follow-up workshop and onsite coaching led by Lifetime Arts during the conference. The program will cover the cost of preconference registration and program activities on Nov. 16. You will be responsible for travel and accommodations, as well as registration for the main conference (Nov. 17 –18) should you choose to attend. Successful applicants will also receive ongoing technical assistance (Dec. 2017 – June 2018) to deepen their knowledge of effective principles and practices of creative aging; develop their organization’s capacity to design, implement, and evaluate effective, sustainable programs; and gain support from a network of master trainers and peers nationally. In May 2018, organizations who have participated in Phase One of the program will be eligible to apply for seed grants of up to $7,000 to implement new creative aging programs (July – December 2018). To learn more and apply for this program, visit:

Equity Frameworks: Community-Centered Organizational Leadership - SOLD OUT

 Shifting demographics in the United Statesparticularly around race, gender, and agecontinue to challenge longstanding leadership models. To navigate this increasingly complex cultural tapestry and better support all children and families during their arts journey, community arts education leaders must build their cultural competency skills and deepen their racial literacy. In this transformative institute, you will gain new strategies and resources to help you lead more effectively and create more equitable learning communities. Throughout the workshop, you'll also develop your own provisional action plan for creating diversity, inclusion, and equity within your organization and programs.


  • Dr. Derrick Gay, Educational Consultant, New York, NY

Nonprofit Sustainability: Money and Mission - SOLD OUT

 Nonprofit sustainability lies at the intersection of exceptional impact and financial viability. In this day-long institute, nonprofit leadership expert Jan Masaoka provides a framework that will help executives and boards at community arts education organizations integrate financial performance and mission considerations into their strategic decision-making. As a participant, you will gain a clear picture of the absolute and relative performance of each of your organization’s programs, earned revenue sources, and fundraising efforts and be in a better position to make smart resource allocation decisions now and in the futureeven in times of financial hardship or uncertainty. When this institute was presented at the Stanford Social Innovation Review Conference, it was the highest rated session!

This institute is designed for executives and board members at nonprofit organizations.


  • Jan Masaoka, CEO, California Association of Nonprofits, San Francisco, CA
  • Paula Smith Arrigoni, Consultant, Oakland, CA

Trauma-Informed Practice: Setting the Stage - SOLD OUT

 Learning how to identify and creatively address the effects of psychological, physical, emotional, and historical trauma is becoming a critical aspect of the work of community arts educators. Join Gregory Hodge of Khepera Consulting and Jerry Tello of National Compadres Network on a journey in using arts and culture to address trauma in our communities. This highly interactive institute will help you gain a deeper understanding of what is meant by "trauma"—its historical roots as well as its contemporary manifestations—and how you can work to shift your organization’s practice towards goals of community health and well-being. As a participant, you'll gain an introduction to a culturally-based framework focused on building on an individual’s natural strengths and on what is healthy within an individual, family, community, or culture. Rooted in indigenous perspectives, this preconference will transform the way you approach your work and set the stage for using culturally-grounded physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual principles and practices.


  • Gregory Hodge, Consultant, Khepera Consulting, Oakland, CA
  • Jerry Tello, Founder and Director of Training, National Compadres Network, San Jose, CA

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