National Guild For Community Arts Education

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The Conference for Community Arts Education features nationally renowned speakers and dozens of professional development workshops, roundtables, and program showcases designed to help arts education leaders and their partners increase their 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. Last year's tracks included: Leadership Development, Community Partnerships, Creative Youth Development, Social Justice, Arts in Education, and Teaching Artist Development, as well as the Next Level nuts and bolts skills you need to grow your organization.

Who is the conference for?
All arts education stakeholders are encouraged to participate: arts education leaders, funders, youth, policy makers, academics, researchers, and other allies, including those in non-arts sectors (e.g., youth development, mental health, education, workforce development, etc.). Ensuring that all people enjoy equitable access to quality arts learning opportunities throughout their lifespans requires a collective effort.

At the conference, you'll learn from and build relationships with a range of leaders from nonprofit arts education organizations across the country, including arts and cultural centers, community arts schools, preparatory programs, performing arts companies, youth serving organizations (e.g., Boys and Girls Clubs of America), museums, and other agencies. Some of these organizations provide classes and lessons in their own facilities, others collaborate with senior centers, hospitals, public schools, and other agencies to increase access to arts education. Many do both.

View last year's program
While this year’s program is still being developed, you can get a sense of the breadth and quality of sessions by visiting our 2016 Conference Program.



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