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In depth sessions at exemplary arts education sites throughout the Bay Area form the core of Saturday's program. We will also be offering an on-site institute at the Westin St. Francis, from 10:30AM – 5:00PM, on High-Impact Partnerships with K-12 Schools. These Site Visits and the onsite High-Impact Partnerships with K-12 Schools Institute are included in main conference and Saturday single day registration; pre-registration is required.

Activating Alumni: The Crucible (Visual Arts)

Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 4:00PM 

Over the past 18 years, The Crucible has been inspiring creativity in Oakland and reimagining the industrial arts movement as an accessible force in the Bay Area. The mission of the Youth Program, now in its eleventh year, is to inspire a new generation of industrial artists, and they currently have eight young adults who have been engaged at The Crucible for over a decade and are now lead instructors. Hear from these alumni about how this program has transformed their lives, catalyzed them as leaders, and prepared them to mentor the next generation of industrial artists from their community. Then we'll discuss ways to apply similar strategies for alumni engagement at your organization.

Community Arts Educators for Racial Equity Institute: Destiny Arts Center

This session is sold out. Ticketed items are selling out fast, so register now!

 Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 5:00PM 

Promoting racial justice within our field and beyond requires collective learning, collaboration, and organization. In this day-long institute, cohorts of the National Guild’s ALAANA Network and White Allies Network (launching late-summer of this year) will caucus as independent groups before coming together to map out strategies for sharing the work of promoting racial justice moving forward. Taking place at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, the institute will allow participants to observe how principles of racial justice are embodied in Destiny's work, before taking a deep-dive into exploring how all of our work intersects with issues of race, power, and privilege, and generating new, actionable strategies for promoting antiracism in our communities through arts and culture.

This institute is designed for participants who are comfortable openly discussing issues of race and identity and who plan to actively engage in the work of the ALAANA Network or White Allies Network over the course of the next year. As a group, we will establish potential goals and outline strategies for collective action.

Community, Power, and Privilege in Dance: ODC Dance and Luna Dance Institute (Dance)

Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 4:00PM 

In this two-part session, you’ll gain in-depth insight into the operations and engagement strategies of a premier contemporary dance organization and engage in a vital discussion around how power and privilege play a role in the dance world. Starting at ODC Dance, participants will tour the extensive facilities—including ODC Theater, the first company-owned facility in the United States—before engaging in a talkback discussion on the growth and community engagement of ODC with school director Kimi Okada.

In the second part of the day, participants will travel to Luna Dance Institute for an interactive presentation and discussion with dancers, educators, and social justice leaders. Delegates will examine race, power, and privilege in dance: Who gets to dance? Is there a dichotomy between dance styles and forms? How can we change the system to embrace all dance education? Explore these questions with leaders in the dance community and reflect on how your organization can impact the discussion.

Complete Music Education: Community School of Music and Arts (Music)

This session is sold out.

Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 4:00PM 

Join us for a day-long immersion into the work of The Community School of Music and Arts and dialogue with music education leaders from across the country. This experience will showcase CSMA’s model for a well-rounded music education, which focuses on developing the practical and theoretical skills necessary to become a well-rounded musician. You’ll have an opportunity to see and hear CSMA students in action and engage in an artist talk in our gallery space around the Day of the Dead. Then we'll breakout into small groups to discuss what a well-rounded music education looks like in your institution. 

Launching Career Pathways: Youth Radio (Creative Youth Development)

Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 4:00PM 

Learn how Youth Radio (YR), the award-winning youth media production company in Oakland, CA, provides resources and platforms for students to lead local and national conversations. Youth Radio serves as NPR's official youth desk and partners with outlets such as PBS, Huffington Post, National Geographic, and KQED. During this offsite session, you’ll see firsthand how YR is working with young people in the Bay Area to create career pathways and amplify their voices through the production of national youth-driven digital and broadcast content on culture, politics, and big issues of the day. You'll then discuss with your peers how these strategies and others can be implemented in your organization and programs.

Next Gen Theatre Creators: Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Theatre)

Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 4:00PM 

Learn how Berkeley Repertory Theatre—a Tony Award-winning national leader in innovative theater—is cultivating the next generation of theater professionals and audiences through its dynamic teen programming. Across its education programs, Berkeley Rep focuses on new play creation by, for, and with teens and youth leadership. Get an in-depth look at several key programs, including its Teen Council, Young Writers of Color Collective, Teen One Acts Festival (crafted by its Teen Core Council), unique play creation Summer Intensive model, and upcoming work on citizenry playwriting. We’ll talk in-depth as peers and hear from others across the country about similar strategies for effectively engaging teens, cultivating future audiences, and creating original work with youth across the country.

On-Site Institute: High-Impact Partnerships with K-12 Schools

Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM – 5:00PM 

Held on-site at the Westin St. Francis, participants of this day-long institute will gain practical tools and hands-on 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.

Please note: this session runs from 10:30AM - 5:00PM and will be held on-site at the hotel.

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