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

Portal

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The National Guild for Community Arts Education is currently in a Portal of Transformation. We see an urgent need to think critically about the way we work, and evolve to better serve community arts educators as they face today's challenges. This is a deep reflective time for our 85-year-old organization to create new practices and move into deeper alignment with our values and Racial Equity Principles. If you're interested in why we chose a portal as the metaphor to describe this part of our journey, you can learn more here.

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 find better alignment with our values—and we believe this is possible if we work together to make deep shifts, one organization at a time.
 

What is the timeline of this process?

  • We officially entered the Portal on June 24, 2022, and will remain in this transformative period through the completion of our strategic planning process in mid–late 2023.

Can I still get in touch with the Guild?

What does this mean for membership?

  • As always, Guild members have access to our Resource Center, Guild member emails, and our Job Board during this time. Learn more about membership in the Portal here.

  • Guild membership is pay-what-you-can. If you have questions regarding your membership, please email membership@nationalguild.org.

  • New members have let us know that they joined because they're excited about the Portal! If you want to support this work, please continue to invest in the Guild, and invite people in your networks to become Guild members too.

Learn more

We are 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".

 

 

You can also catch up with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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 BostonSan Francisco, and Oakland!

Join us in Memphis next:

Light blue circle with text that flows up and to the right. Text reads: Community Spaces: Memphis. National Civil Rights Museum, Wednesday, February 8, 6pm–8pm

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! 

Guild Deputy Director of Equity & Human Development Ashley Hare kicked us off on November 30th with a rich discussion connected to their post on liberatory hiring practices. We got to hear from Guild community 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. Stay tuned for future Portal Cafes on more topics!

A square graphic with the phrase "Announcing Portal Cafés." The phrase sits above and in front of a deep purple coffee cup seen from above, with a portal inside the coffee cup itself. Below the cup is a phrase that reads "Begins Wednesday, Nov. 30."