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2017 Online Learning Series

The National Guild's 2017 Online Learning Series includes webinars and video chats designed to build your capacity in leadership development, creative youth development, arts in education, and nonprofit management. The series is free for Guild members. Prices vary for non-members (Learn more about membership).

Additional webinars and recordings will be added to this line-up in the months ahead. Check back for updates!

Leadership Development Series

Leading from the Heart

Leadership development expert, Ronnie Brooks, and arts education leaders across the country share strategies for taking heart and generating hope - personally and among your team - during uncertain times.


Visionary Leadership: Managing the Present with an Eye on the Future

John McCann, president of Partners in Performance and lead faculty for the Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI), discusses how leaders can manage time, energy, and focus that’s attentive to both the ‘today’ we reside within and the ‘tomorrow’ we strive to occupy.


Leading Through a Lens of Social Justice

Wednesday, April 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET; Free for members / $35 for non-members
If social justice is a tenet of your organization it is important to see that principle reflected from the administrative level down. In this video chat, Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers and Lisa Green from DreamYard Project (Bronx, NY) will explore what social justice looks like at the adminsitration level of an arts organization that works with marginalized communities.


Social Justice Leadership & Activism in Institution Building

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET; Free for members / $35 for non-members
There are many challenges to building and leading a social justice organization dedicated to the practice of developing youth leaders, supporting their artistic voices, and facilitating political learning. In this video chat, Khary Lazarre-White will share insights from his 20+ years at the helm of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and strategies for effective management, program development, organizing, policy, and developing strong leadership.


Creative Youth Development (CYD) Series

Our CYD webinars are being as part of a year-long series produced by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. The first three webinars in the series are focused on CYD fundamentals. In the months ahead, we’ll be adding to this exciting line-up with deeper dives into the five imperatives of the CYD national policy agenda, including webinars on cross-sector collaboration, documenting and communicating impact, promoting youth leadership, and more.

Creative Youth Development: What's in a Name?

Creative Youth Development (CYD) intentionally integrates learning in the arts, humanities, and sciences with youth development principles. In CYD programs, young people create work and apply their creative skills to solve problems, shape their lives and build the world in which they want to live. The 2014 National Summit for CYD generated new focus and energy in CYD, catalyzing collective action (e.g., CYD National Partnership, Alliance for Creative Youth Development). In this webinar, we explore what it means to create and sustain programs for youth through this framework through case study examples, discussion, and student work. Featuring youth and adult leaders from Creative Action and Say Sí. Moderated by Denise Montgomery, director of the National CYD Initiative.


Five Effective Models of Creative Youth Development Practice

Monday, April 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET; Free for all ; Presented by the National Guild
In this dynamic “TED Talk-style” webinar, representatives of five exemplary creative youth development organizations will share how their programs are sparking young people’s creativity and building critical learning and life skills that carry into adulthood. Through short-form, energetic presentations by youth and adult leaders from A Reason to Survive, Community MusicWorks, DAVA, Destiny Arts Center, and Harmony Project, you’ll learn about several, interrelated CYD practices.This showcase will provide you and your team with inspiration and new ideas for how to create, develop, and advocate for successful creative youth development programs.


Youth Development in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities

Thursday, April 27, 4:00pm - 5:30pm ET; Free for all ; Presented by Massachusetts Cultural Council
This webinar is designed to increase the knowledge of a youth development approach as it applies to quality arts learning using examples, theory, and frameworks for integrating youth development practice into arts programs. The webinar will provide a definition of positive youth outcomes and the youth development approach in addition to examining levels of youth participation in arts, science, and humanities based programs. Finally, the webinar will provide an introduction to the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project framework for designing, evaluating, and reflecting on youth development as an essential component of high-quality creative youth development programming.


Nonprofit Management Series

Registration for the following webinars will be announced shortly.

Using the Guild's 2017 Benchmarking Data to Advance Your Organization

Forthcoming in April; Free for Members
This April, the Guild will release its biannual Benchmarking Data Report. This report will provide critical data on Guild members and the community arts education field, including data on staff and faculty compensation, instructional fees, enrollment demographics, income and expense rations, benefits, and more. Join the National Guild and Data Arts to review the key findings and illuminate national trends. We’ll discuss how the data can inform your organization’s planning and budgeting and fuel your advocacy efforts. We’ll also demonstrate how you can use the Data Arts online system year-round to run custom reports. 

Making Data Work for Your Organization: A Case Study in Strategic Planning & Capitalization

Forthcoming in May; Free for Members
Learn how Settlement Music School’s leadership team crafted a highly successful strategic and capitalization plan that supported its mission and built a strong balance sheet, discuss how this process can be effective for organizations of all sizes, and come away with some new ideas for advancing your own business practices.

"Let's Have Coffee": The Art of Face-to-Face Fundraising

Forthcoming in May; Free for Members
This webinar will feature fundraising expert Tom Iselin and Guild Ambassador Fiona Chatwin, executive director of Villa Musica in San Diego. This is an event of the Guild’s Ambassador Program.

Arts in Education Series

GET FREE: Unleashing Creativity to Create Radical Change

Our inspiring 2016 Conference Keynote speaker Dr. Bettina Love discusses how to provide youth with the tools for understanding and working collectively to combat racial and social injustice.


Learning to GET FREE: The Ins and Outs of Hip Hop Civics Education

Dr. Bettina Love discusses the role of music and the arts in teaching students to combat racial and social injustice, and provides you with strategies and tools from her new curriculum, GET FREE. Inspired by the ingenuity, political energy, love, and DIY model of underground Hip Hop, this new (and free!) online civics curriculum aims to be a critical tool in the movement for justice by reinforcing citizenship, shared leadership, and civic engagement in the lives of young people.


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):What it Means for Community Arts Education: Part I

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is ushering in a new chapter in the American educational system. In this webinar, Jeff M. Poulin from Americans for the Arts discusses how the bill considers many provisions for out-of-school time and community-based arts education. He also shares insights into how the next four years, along with a new president and administration, will impact the field of community arts education.


Social Justice-Based Curriculum in K-12 Partnerships

This video chat was designed and facilitated by the Guild’s Arts in Education Network Ambassadors Nancy Kleaver (Lincoln Center Education) and Santina Protopopa (Progressive Arts Alliance).


Additional webinars on ESSA will be added in the months ahead.

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