A group of people standing in a circle with their hands joined, outdoors, underneath a structure with a green domed ceiling.

Image: Site visit at Forklift Danceworks during the 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education in Austin, TX

Save the date: April 9-12, 2024 in Washington, D.C.!

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is thrilled to share space again! This dynamic event will take place in the vibrant city of Washington, D.C., from April 9 to April 12, 2024.

Our theme this year Seeding Fractals: Cultivating Connections, Multiplying Impact was inspired by adrienne marie brown’s "Emergent Strategy: " The theme captures the essence of community arts education: the power of interconnectedness and the exponential potential for positive change. In nature, fractals represent intricate patterns that repeat themselves on various scales, from the smallest leaf to the grandest tree. Similarly, the community arts education sector thrives on fostering connections and relationships that lead to multiplied impact.

"Seeding Fractals" reflects the Guild's commitment to nurturing these connections within the community arts education ecosystem. It acknowledges that every action, no matter how small, has the potential to create a ripple effect, ultimately contributing to a more vibrant and equitable arts education landscape.

We are also excited to announce the inaugural launch of our new awards for the Conference for Community Arts Education, introducing a fresh chapter in our commitment to recognizing and celebrating outstanding contributions within our community. Nominations are now open!


Conference Highlights

The 2024 National Guild Conference promises a diverse and enriching experience for attendees, featuring:

  • Engaging Workshops and Sessions: A wide range of interactive workshops and sessions led by experts in the field will explore innovative approaches, best practices, and emerging trends in community arts education.

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Renowned thought leaders will deliver keynote addresses, sharing their insights and visions for the future of community arts education.

  • Networking Opportunities: Attendees will have the chance to connect with peers, exchange ideas, and build lasting relationships with like-minded professionals.

  • Arts Showcases: Live performances, exhibitions, and displays will celebrate the transformative power of the arts and highlight the talents of participants.

  • D.C. Excursions: Participants can explore the cultural richness of Washington, D.C., through guided tours and visits to local arts and cultural institutions.