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

      Topics: Collaboration / Partnership

      Gain practical tools and hands-on training that will 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
      Making Principled Decisions

      Topics: Leadership

      Leaders make choices all the time. Their decisions—small and big—not only affect themselves but they can also have a significant impact on many of the people around them. This highly interactive institute will present both a framework and a process for decision-making—one which acknowledges strategic considerations as well as the core values of the decision-maker and her/his organization.

      As a participant, you will gain a deeper understanding of the elements of a robust, effective, and satisfying decision-making process and clarify your role in creating processes for addressing challenges, both personal and professional. Consideration will be given to defining the issues at stake, determining who should be involved and how, generating and evaluating alternative responses or courses of action, reaching a conclusion, and communicating and implementing the chosen option. Join us to learn a framework and process for decision-making that builds on values for strategic, effective, and satisfying results.

    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      Social Justice Beyond the Classroom: Moving Toward Equity and Organizational Change

      Topics: Leadership, Equity/Social Justice

      Charleston. Baltimore. Ferguson. How do we as arts leaders respond? Learn how your organization can directly address systemic racism and oppression, and foster greater equity, by applying a social justice lens to all areas of your work—professional development, fundraising, programming, board recruitment, hiring practices, and advocacy.

      Through discussion and  hands-on art-making, we’ll explore foundational concepts of social identity, privilege, and oppression; and discuss how these concepts influence decision-making. As a participant, you’ll gain practical tools and resources that you can adapt for your organization, including assessment rubrics, sample hiring questions, social justice leadership frameworks, and more. And you’ll have an opportunity to craft an equity action plan that meets your organization’s particular needs. For those who know a little or a lot about social justice pedagogy--this workshop is designed to meet you where you’re at and give you tools and strategies for building equity in ways that can make a real difference for your institution and the community you serve.

    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      Storytelling for Change Makers

      Topics: Creative Youth Development, Next Level

      When told well, stories can be our most powerful communication and fundraising tools. Learn how to identify your organization’s compelling stories and tell them—through print, video, and social media—in ways that move and inspire your audiences to action! Through this highly interactive institute, we’ll explore principles and best practices for storytelling, common storytelling mistakes, and strategies for incorporating stories into your fundraising, marketing, and advocacy efforts. Come ready to workshop a story for your organization that you can start using immediately, and leave with practical tools and resources for your continued education back home.

    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      Teaching Artist Development: A Collective Action Approach

      Topics: Teaching Artist Development

      Ensuring teaching artists are well prepared and supported takes a collective effort. Roll up your sleeves to chart a plan of action for improving the business of teaching artistry; advancing practice; and activating a national network of the teaching artist field. Teaching artists, organizations that hire and train teaching artists, funders, academics, and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      Everyone's Right to Arts and Culture: A Community Conversation

      Sponsored by Creative Philadelphia — Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

      Topics: Networking

      Free and open to the public

      Like nutrition, health care, and shelter, arts and culture should be a right for all residents. In many major cities, we have seen a decline in investment in cultural resources in low-income neighborhoods.
      Join us at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts for a free, public forum to discuss what is at stake in our communities when wide disparities persist in who has access to arts and culture and who does not, as well as to explore what we all can be doing to increase cultural equity.
      The evening will kick-off with a moderated panel discussion about local efforts to close the gaps involving representatives of the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project; Creative Philadelphia — the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy; and other local organizations.  You will then have an opportunity to participate in a town-hall style dialogue aimed at sparking critical questions, insights, and ideas.
      This community conversation is open to all. A light reception with live music will follow.
      This forum will be hosted the day before the National Guild’s Conference for Community Arts Education (Nov. 11 -14, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown), which features experts and practitioners in arts education and other sectors working collectively in communities across the country to increase equitable access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. To learn more about the conference program and register, visit

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