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What's a Conference without Great Conversations & New Connections?

Each year we hear from delegates that one of the most valuable aspects of attending the Conference for Community Arts Education is the discussions that result from both formal and on-the-fly networking opportunities.

Conference delegates represent 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 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. This diversity of backgrounds creates unique opportunities to connect with peers, explore new partnerships, and grow your learning community.


ChiArts artistic and executive director José Ochoa meets with a delegate during Office Hours.

Connect with your peers across the country during the following events!

Office Hours 
Meet with an expert in the field for a free consultation focused on your questions, challenges, and areas of interest. Consultations are available for individuals or groups on a first come, first served basis during scheduled Office Hours blocks.

Discipline Roundtable Breakfasts 
Kick off your conference experience by engaging in a focused conversation with peers that work in your artistic discipline at organizations across the country. This is a great way for veterans and first-time conference attendees alike to make connections that will last through the next three days and beyond! Breakfast meetings are planned for Dance, Music, Theatre, Media Arts, and Visual Arts disciplines.

Food for Thought Luncheons 

Choose from a variety of dynamic, small group luncheons to best suit your interests, learning style, and state of mind. Each luncheon will provide you with new ideas and connections. Lunch is provided with main conference and single day registration.


Opening Night Reception 

Celebrate the start of the conference with friends old and new. Explore the Arts Education Expo. Have a drink, mingle, network, and connect!

Taste of the Baltimore Dine Arounds 
Head out for a night on the town at a selection of great local eateries. Sign-ups for the dine arounds will be available on-site. Out of pocket.

Meet the Ambassadors Breakfast 
Enjoy breakfast and hear from the Guild's network of Ambassadors about the events they host throughout the year, the opportunities for connection and collaboration that they create within the Guild membership, and the national networks that they help cultivate.

Networking Meetings 

Meet with some of the Guild's networks and ambassadors and connect with like-minded peers. Networking Meeting topics will include: Arts in Education, Collegiate Divisional, Creative Youth Development, Arts Centers, Emerging Leaders, and Large, Mid-Sized, and Small Schools.

Closing Night Celebration 
Celebrate new friendships, collaborations, and insights, and raise a glass to our continued work together as a dynamic learning community.

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