The Guild is in a Portal of transformation. Learn more.


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The National Guild for Community Arts Education is currently in a Portal of TransformationThis is a deep reflective time for our 85-year-old organization to slow down and reimagine our work so that we can better support you.

Through the completion of our new strategic plan, we are holding off on our long-established programs to allow for:

  • Research, planning, and dialogue with our members and larger community.
  • A deep examination of all of the feedback we’ve received from our community over recent years.
  • Using what we’re learning and processing in the Portal to build new organizational policies, practices, programs, and a strategic plan that are human-centered, co-creative, and grounded in liberation. 
  • Investing in personal and professional development for our team.

We believe that all of us in the community arts education field should have opportunities to recharge, reflect, reconnect to our common purpose, and move into deeper alignment with our values—and we believe this is possible if we work together to make deep shifts, one organization at a time.

Learn more

We will be sharing transparently about what we're learning, unpacking, and creating in the Portal on the News section of our website, as well as through monthly email "Transmissions from the Portal".


Upcoming events

Community Spaces (in person)

In fall 2022, the Guild launched an ongoing series of visits to communities across the country to connect with folks in the community arts education ecosystem and learn about new possibilities for us to support you. 

So far we have held Community Spaces in Boston, San Francisco, and Oakland! Stay tuned for info about future Community Spaces in more cities, as well as virtually.

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Portal Cafes (virtual)

Portal Cafes are virtual opportunities to have a deeper discussion about the learnings and practices that we are developing in the Portal. We want to hear about what you’re learning and trying out at your organization too! 

Ashley Hare will kick us off on November 30th, in connection with their post on liberatory hiring practices. They would love to learn more about your experiences on all sides of hiring (and applying to be hired), as it relates to deepening liberatory practices across the community arts education field.

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