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Mar 13, 2017

On February 8 and 9, Guild staff met with leaders in arts education in the Bay Area and Pasadena, to discuss and identify critical issues and opportunities affecting their communities and the field. Attendees provided critical insight and resources that will help inform programming at this year’s Conference for Community Arts Education, which will be held November 15-18 in San Francisco and Oakland.  

Topics included:

  • New administration’s impact on arts education – How does the arts community come together to advocate, tell a shared story, and form coalitions to increase its visibility and impact?
  • Gentrification and displacement – Many families, artists, and staff can no longer afford to live near cities where programs are being provided. Additionally, the rising cost of real estate is making it increasingly difficult for arts education organizations to find affordable space.
  • Preparing youth for creative careers – How are we building pipelines for new leaders in the field, particularly young leaders of color? What can be done to create positions within arts organizations for program alumni and youth just out of high school or college?
  • Leadership development – There has been a generational culture shift in the workplace, influenced by other industries who are emphasizing fulfilment in work culture. How might nonprofit arts organizations rethink their own notions of work culture and leadership to retain younger leaders in the workplace?

Use these links to view the full Bay Area and Pasadena notes and resources.

These should be a valuable tool for anyone interested in proposing a session to the 2017 Conference. The National Guild is also hosting a webinar titled Conference Proposals Demystified, on Wednesday, March 15 from 2-3pm ET. The webinar is free and will provide helpful information on how the submission process and characteristics of successful proposals. You can register for the webinar here.


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