2020–2021 Learning

Shaping a resilient and anti-racist future together

Today, amidst the overlapping crises of a global pandemic, pervasive racial injustice, and an economic recession, the community arts education field shares a transformational imperative to confront racism and adapt our work to our current reality. The Guild’s fall 2020–early 2021 virtual programming is embracing this moment to collectively ask: how can we rise against the historic and continuous violence towards Black and Indigenous peoples, queer, trans and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, as well as youth and elders? What is “community arts education” in this time of pandemic, and how might we work together to shape a resilient future beyond it?

These core questions have been shaped through deep conversations with the field over the past six months, including the Guild’s Covid-19 response series and ongoing Community Conversations, and by the work of our board of trustees’ Racial Equity Committee.

The first two series to launch are Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass and Rootwork: Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic. As our annual fall conference traditionally has, these series offer meaningful opportunities for learning, dialogue, relationship building, and transformation during a time when coming together in person is not possible. Read about our CAELI Alumni Series, and check back soon for details on our upcoming Creative Aging Series.


Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass



Rootwork: Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic



The "Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass" series and "Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic" series are made possible in part by generous support from the Music Man Foundation.