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    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      Increasing Organizational Diversity and Inclusivity

      Topics: Community Engagement, Equity/Social Justice

      Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

      Viable, robust organizations view diversity and inclusivity as their greatest strengths. They embrace diversity in multiple ways—race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status—and across the organization—board, faculty, staff, and students. Yet achieving equity isn’t easy. It requires changing your organizational culture, moving beyond a business-as-usual approach, and understanding that decision making by nondiverse leaders often means falling short of diversity and inclusion goals.

      Join us to explore leadership practices that can help your organization be proactive about diversity and inclusivity and meet the needs of our increasingly diverse society. During this institute, you’ll

      • Hear a presentation on issues that contribute to low diversity within organizations
      • Explore strategies for increasing diversity and inclusivity
      • Learn about resource materials for organizational and personal growth
      • Have the opportunity to reflect on and assess your own organizational practices and develop an action plan for implementation back home.

      You’ll leave this interactive and engaging institute with materials to continue your ongoing learning for organizational, professional, and personal growth: reading materials, online tools, survey guides, and more.

      Note: This institute is designed for executive and board leadership. Participation is limited to 30.

    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      Keep the Fire Burning without Burning Out

      Sustaining Creativity, Energy, and Effectiveness in Your Life and Work

      Topics: Leadership

      Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

      Do you love your work but sometimes—even often—feel overwhelmed by its many demands? Arts education leaders frequently say they have too much to do and too few resources—time, staff, and money—to do it with.

      In this institute, one of America’s foremost leadership trainers will help you deepen your understanding of the meaning and value of personal and professional renewal: what it is, why it is important, and how it can benefit both you and your organization. You will also investigate the high value of trust and the higher cost of losing it. What behaviors can build trust and joy within yourself and among those you work with, even as you make difficult choices to ensure your organization’s ongoing effectiveness and sustainability?

      You will leave this institute thinking differently about the work you do and how you do it. Join us to gain a fresh perspective and useful tools that will free you to see yourself and your role with renewed energy, creativity, effectiveness, and satisfaction.

    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      Developing High-Impact Collaborations with K-12 Schools

      Topics: Collaboration / Partnership, Arts in Education

      Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

      Sponsored By:

       MetLife Foundation

      This arts in education partnership institute will offer tools and training to help your organization produce powerful benefits for students, teachers, artists, and communities through deeper partnerships with K–12 schools. Using case studies, examinations of critical issues, dialogue with expert practitioners, and hands-on practice with planning and evaluation tools, you’ll explore arts education partnerships from multiple perspectives and discover what makes them effective over time.

      True partnerships—characterized by mutual understanding and commitment, collaborative planning, and shared responsibility and accountability—have lasting effects. Roll up your sleeves and join experts and peers to increase your understanding of these key partnership ingredients:

      • Benefits and challenges of collaboration
      • Characteristics of effective, sustainable partnerships
      • Management skills for establishing and sustaining effective partnerships
      • Methods for overcoming common partnership challenges.

      You’ll also craft a partnership action plan for implementation back home.

    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      Outcome-Based Evaluation

      Topics: Program Development, Evaluation

      Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

      Arts education providers must show that their programs have a measurable impact on students and communities in order to secure government, foundation, and community support. To that end, outcome-based evaluation methods are far and away the tools of choice.

      Outcome-based evaluation—a systematic method of determining whether a program is achieving its intended results—has other pragmatic benefits as a powerful tool for improving program planning and implementation.

      Outcome-based evaluation provides precise answers to critical questions such as:

      • How has our program changed or improved the skills, behaviors, or attitudes of our students?
      • How has the program benefited our community?
      • What has been the impact of grant funds used to support our program?

      During the institute, you’ll learn how to:

      • Apply a logic model to develop a program evaluation plan
      • Identify appropriate instruments to collect measurable outcome data
      • Develop methods for responding to evaluation results

      You’ll also receive a comprehensive manual on principles of outcome-based evaluation, along with tools and templates to use back home.

    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
      Peoples Music School: El Sistema Site Visit and Gathering

      Topics: Site Visit

      Location: Hibbard Elementary School, 324 W. Ainslie Ave.

      The People's Music School in Chicago has been delivering free music education in Chicago since 1976 in various forms. The People's Music School Youth Orchestras are one of the first El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, and are now entering their 6th year serving over 200 students. This program utilizes an intense-immersion schedule of group orchestral instruction to uplift and unite communities. El Sistema builds individual potential and promotes community engagement and has gained much recognition across the globe as a widely successful music and social program. 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). You do not have to register for this event.

      Hibbard Elementary School, where the flagship Albany Park program is based, can be reached by public transportation on the CTA's Brown Line, Kimball stop, and by a number of buses. We will meet at Entrance 1 on Sawyer Avenue. For more information visit and watch this video.

    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      Registration Open

      Topics: Plenary

      Register for the conference or check-in at the Guild booth.

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