The mission of the Guild is to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. We accomplish this by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. Through these actions, the Guild aims to address our country’s widening opportunity gap. The status quo is leaving millions of individuals with little or no access to the creative resources they need to reach their full potential.

We believe in the power of the arts to transform lives. Our work helps realize that transformation every day.


How We Make an Impact

Through our programs and services, the Guild is building an effective and diverse population of leaders that steward sustainable organizations. We develop leaders and organizations that are responsive to community needs, equipped with effective management tools, and prepared to advance issues of equity and inclusion through the arts.

"On our behalf, the Guild is the field’s voice. It is our identity and it represents us in many venues. The Guild reinforces our objective to create greater community health and well being through the arts." - Eric Bachrach, Community Music School of Springfield; Springfield, IL

The leadership and collective voice of our membership is amplified through our Member Networks, the agenda of our annual Conference for Community Arts Education, and advocacy efforts on behalf of the field and in service to communities across the country.



Why Community Arts Education Matters

Creativity is essential to human development and healthy communities. 

People thrive when they participate in arts education programs that are sustained and responsive to community needs. Arts learning can fuel people’s imaginations, build critical learning and life skills, promote better health, and generate a sense of shared culture and community belonging. Community arts education programs can add to or enrich K-12 education and serve as catalyst, convener, and conduit for innovative community-wide and cross-sector alliances. When well-coordinated, these alliances can leverage vital resources for arts education, create networks of support, and ensure that the arts learning needs and interests of all people—people of color, older adults, ESL students, learning-disabled students, veterans, and many others—are adequately addressed.