Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic

Rootwork: Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic

Registration is now open!


Series takes place December 2, 2020—February 24, 2021


“Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic” is an online learning series about how to create programming informed by, and supportive of, the many, varied lived experiences of our communities in the unique context of this moment. 

Nationwide throughout the pandemic, community arts education organizations have been working iteratively to reconfigure programming for their new realities—not least of which includes addressing the severe social inequities that COVID-19 has so clearly revealed. In April, the National Guild held several series in initial response to the pandemic through which we, along with many arts education practitioners, co-learned about how organizations have adapted their programming most responsively when centering the communities whom have been historically marginalized by racist, colonialist, ableist, and ageist systems. These communities’ resilience offers us all tremendous leadership.

Designed specifically for cultural workers in community arts education, this series will help you navigate the “new normal” and co-create programming by / with / for your communities towards a brighter future.

This series is open to all. Come November, you can register for the series as a whole, or for individual sessions.


Pay Scale

If you are a Guild member:

Please know that we consider your membership dues to be your shared contribution to this event series.  If you are in a position to add a donation, we welcome you to do so.

If you are not a member:

We are working to make our programs accessible to everyone regardless of their financial resources and circumstances. To that end, we are offering various pricing options for this series—including a “pay what you can” and a “solidarity donation” option—that recognize differences in wealth, income, and privilege within our community and also help us cover program costs.  Cost should never be a barrier to these crucial conversations—therefore, we honor whatever financial exchange feels comfortable and meaningful to you. 

  • General Admission

    • $150 for Full Series (8 virtual sessions)

    • $20 for Individual Session

  • Pay What You Can (No/Low Income)

  • Solidarity Donation: By providing a solidarity donation, you are covering the direct costs of your participation and one other person’s:  

    • $300 for Full Series

    • $40 Individual Session

When you pay the solidarity donation, you are acknowledging your privilege and redistributing your wealth towards someone in your community that would not otherwise be able to access services. When you pay general admission, you are helping us cover our costs of serving the community. When you pay what you can, you are allowing your community to support you during this time. All of the above are acceptable ways of participating, and none is less valid than the next.

This privilege-based sliding scale model was adapted from Rooted Doula Collective.


Real-time ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided by Pro Bono ASL for the speaker series. 

Facilitators and presenters will verbally describe what is on screen and state their name before speaking.

Please contact us at least 1 week in advance if you might require additional accommodations, or have questions or feedback about accessibility. We are happy to welcome you!