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The Conference for Community Arts Education features nationally renowned speakers and dozens of professional development workshops, roundtables, and program showcases to help you increase impact, improve participation, raise money, sustain and grow key programs, and advocate for more equitable access to arts education. Gather with your peers to address common challenges, network, and brainstorm innovations for the field.

Sessions are organized in progressive tracks to provide you in-depth training in Leadership Development, Community Partnerships, Creative Youth Development, Arts & Healing, Social Justice, Arts in Education, as well as the Arts Management skills you need to grow your organization. Choose one pathway or sample a variety to create your own best conference experience.

View the 2017 Conference Program by Tracks

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  • Food for Thought Luncheons:
    • Next Level: Building Student Participation in Fee-Based Programs
    • Next Level: Cutting-Edge Marketing in the Arts
    • Next Level: Recruiting and Retaining Quality Staff
    • Long Table Conversation: Supporting Immigrant Families & Artists
    • Arts Education Showcase: Music Education Technology
  • Working in Trauma Impacted Communities: Building Capacity for Self-Care to Better Care for Others
  • Community Arts Educators for Racial Justice Equity Institute: Destiny Arts Center
  • Complete Music Education: Community School of Music and Arts

Special Events

Opening Plenary: The Art of Justice
Thursday, November 16, 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Hasan Davis is a Hope Dealer. He knows first-hand the impact that one committed champion can have in transforming a young life experiencing difficult times. As a young man, Hasan faced multiple social and personal challenges, but the opportunity to creatively engage the world and find his own voice allowed him to exchange one “JD” for another. He went from Hasan Davis, Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis, Juris Doctor. Come walk a few miles with Hasan and be reminded why your work is even more important today than ever.

Speaker:

  • Hasan Davis, J.D., President, HD Solutions, Berea, KY

 

 Programming FOR the Future, WITH the Future
A free public forum

Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In the culture of design, we have grown adept at talking about the future without integrating “future citizens” into the conversation. Specifically, this means creating policy and programming decisions that are for and about young people without consulting or including young people in the process. A number of leaders have begun recognizing this process flaw, and have committed to co-designing next generation systems with young people whose outcomes are justice. Inspired by the multi-city conference Create Justice, organizers in the San Francisco Bay Area have forged partnerships between adults and teens who work with four seminal youth centered organizations, Youth Speaks, Destiny Arts Center, Berkeley High School's CAS program, and YBCA's Youth Fellows. Join us this evening for an overview of what co-designed systems look like in principle, and participate in a cross-generational workshop on the ground to experience what this modality feels like in practice. This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration for this event will open in a few weeks.

Facilitator:

  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Rebeka Rodriguez, Civic Engagement Manger, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA



 Emerging Young Artist Residency
Thursday, November 16 – Saturday, November 18

Bay Area and national youth will participate in an Emerging Young Artist Residency, Nov. 16 – 18. Hosted by Destiny Arts Center, the residency will offer young performing artists, ages 16-14, an opportunity to collaborate with leading teaching artists and their peers in the creation of original performance pieces that explore critical social issues connected to conference themes. The residency will culminate in a 10-15 minute performance at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 18.


Friday Plenary: Designing Your Life
Friday, November 17, 10:00AM - 11:30 AM
The question “What do I want to be when I grow up?” is one that never truly goes away. Whether you are a college grad entering the workforce, a forty year-old shifting careers, or a sixty-eight year-old trying to define an encore career, the search for a fulfilling life never stops. In this riveting keynote, award-winning product designer Bill Burnett will share tools and strategies for how to look at career and life planning through the lens of design.

Speaker:

  • Bill Burnett, Executive Director, Design Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

 

 Working in Trauma-Impacted Communities: Building Capacity for Self-Care to Better Care for Others
Friday, November 17, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

When incorporating a trauma-informed approach to working with young people and community, it is vital that you take care of yourself so that you can sustain the work of caring for others. This two-part session will include a three hour workshop with leading national expert, Shawn Ginwright, and a site visit and dinner at  RYSE Center in Richmond. 

 Part I: Workshop with Shawn Ginwright (2:00 pm – 5:00pm)
During this three-hour workshop, we’ll  explore how to apply Radical Healing practices to your home and work lives by developing a personal "diet for justice"—activities and practices that can be integrated into your daily routine to build fitness for personal and collective power. By engaging in small but consistent Radical Healing practices, the diet for justice leads to collective practice, which ultimately creates the changes we seek. During this three-hour workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and generate both ideas and action-oriented plans for fostering personal wellness and racial healing in trauma-impacted communities.

Part II: Site Visit to RYSE Center & Dinner (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
After the workshop, we’ll head out to Richmond and visit RYSE Center which is anchored in the belief that young people have the lived knowledge and expertise to identify, prioritize, and direct the activities and services necessary to thrive. You will see and learn firsthand how RYSE’s staff and the young people they serve employ Radical Healing strategies in their day to day work.  We’ll then share a meal together catered by a local restaurant.

Ticketed event: $40 fee to cover roundtrip transportation to RYSE Center and dinner. Pre-registration is required.  Registration for this event can be found in the "Special  Events" section of the registration portal. Attendees must commit to the full program, from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. Space is limited.

Speakers:

  • Shawn Ginwright, Professor, San Francisco State University, San Fracisco, CA
  • Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, Co-Founder and Associate Director, RYSE Center, Richmond, CA
  • Dan Reilly, Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, RYSE Center, Richmond, CA


Annual Meeting
Friday, November 17, 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Join us as Guild leaders report on youe national organization's recent accomplishments, discuss strategic priorities, and the Guild's future plans.
 

Annual Awards Breakfast
Saturday, November 18, 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Bay Area and national youth will participate in an Emerging Young Artist Residency, Nov. 16 – 18. Hosted by Destiny Arts Center, the residency will offer young performing artists, ages 16-14, an opportunity to collaborate with leading teaching artists and their peers in the creation of original performance pieces that explore critical social issues connected to conference themes. The residency will culminate in a 10-15 minute performance at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 18.

 

 High-Impact Partnerships with K-12 Schools
Saturday, November 18, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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.

 

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