2020 Conference in NYC

The National Guild’s 83rd Annual Conference for Community Arts Education will be held in New York City from November 18th-November 21st, 2020. The Conference will be hosted by community sites across the metro area, centering the organizations, artists, neighborhoods, and spaces that make the NYC creative ecology uniquely vibrant.

The 5x5 Series: Engaging the NYC Arts Education Community

To inform our planning process, the Guild is hosting the 5X5 Series—one full-day event in each of the five boroughs between November 2019 and May 2020.  These events will serve to help the Guild understand issues affecting the region and to identify organizations, leaders, and artists to highlight during the program. Each event will include:

  • A professional development workshop focused on one of the following topics: Arts and Social Justice, Arts in Education, Creative Aging, Creative Youth Development, and Teaching Artist Development
  • A networking lunch
  • A town-hall style conference planning conversation

Share Your Vision with Us!

During the town-hall conference planning section of each event, we will build our collective vision for the 2020 conference. We encourage all New York City Metro Area practitioners to share any ideas, leads, and/or suggestions about how you could contribute to the 2020 conference by filling out the survey below:


We want to hear from you—the practitioners doing the remarkable, day-to-day work of transforming the New York City Metro Area through the arts—to build a collective vision for what the conference can achieve.

When was the first 5x5 institute?

We kicked things off in the Bronx on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019. The morning featured a Creative Aging workshop hosted by the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education. In the afternoon, we headed over to the Bronx Music Heritage Center for a town hall-style conversation.

And when are the other institutes?

While the rest of the timeline is still tentative, below are topics for the institutes coming in 2020. Final program timeline will be adapted in concert with host organizations.

Arts in Education

Creative Youth Development

Arts and Social Justice

Teaching Artist Development


The 5x5 Series is made possible by the following generous supporters: