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Announcing the 2015 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI)

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Feb 04, 2015

The National Guild is pleased to announce the 2015 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). CAELI, now in its sixth year, provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders will advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally-renowned practitioners.

The seven-month program includes a five-day seminar (July 21 - 25, 2015) at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA; advanced assignments; a 360-degree feedback process; and follow-up coaching. The Institute will be designed and facilitated by Partners in Performance, Inc.

The community arts education field, comprised of thousands of nonprofit arts education providers is growing more diverse, facing complex organizational challenges and undergoing a significant generational transition in leadership. Today's community arts education organization has many stakeholders---students, parents, donors, community partners, faculty, trustees and staff---each placing their own demands on the institution and its leaders. Organizational effectiveness is frequently dependent upon executives' ability to understand and mediate among these critical yet often competing priorities. Leaders who can establish a unifying vision, devise strategies that align stakeholder commitment, and build a culture of trust and effectiveness are most successful. Few emerging leaders, however, come to their first executive position with this type of experience or expertise. 

According to a Bridgespan Group survey of more than 150 nonprofit leadership teams, leadership development and succession planning for senior leader positions is the single greatest organizational weakness nonprofits face. 
"Strong arts education organizations require effective leadership," said National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman. "By developing the next generation of leaders within our field, the National Guild will increase Americans' access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts."
CAELI is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions at tax-exempt arts education organizations. To optimize the learning experience, participation is limited to 25 individuals selected through a competitive application process.
The skills and knowledge gained through CAELI will prepare participants to:
  • Manage competing priorities within their organizations
  • Build effective, collaborative organizational cultures amongst their board, staff, faculty/teaching artists, and other stakeholders
  • Articulate organizational vision and implement effective strategies in pursuit of institutional goals 
  • Lead successfully

Graduates of the program will also have access to the connection and support of our vibrant community of 125 alumni leaders across the country, benefit from opportunities to further their leadership development and collaborate with peers, and be recognized for their commitment to advancing lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.
"The institute offers a perfect balance of instruction, introspection, coaching, and practical application. All of its elements add up to an experience that profoundly helps emerging leaders develop personally and professionally," said a CAELI alumnus. Another called CAELI: "By far the most comprehensive and effective training experience I have had in my 20 years in arts education."
Click here for program details, application guidelines and financial aid. The application deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015. 
Supporters of CAELI have included American Express Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Guild's board of trustees.

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