About our Pricing Model

At the National Guild, we are driven by a vision of liberation, striving to create an inclusive and empowering space for all individuals passionate about community arts education. Our pricing model for the 2024 Conference for Community Arts Education embodies the spirit of liberation, embracing access, equity, and solidarity as guiding principles within our conference community. We firmly believe that financial barriers should never hinder participation and that everyone deserves an opportunity to engage in transformative learning, dialogue and collaboration.

Our liberatory philosophy behind the sliding scale pricing model is grounded in the following principles:

  1. Embracing Radical Access: We are committed to breaking down the barriers that often exclude marginalized individuals from participating fully. Through our pricing model, we challenge the traditional notions of fixed prices and embrace a range that ensures accessibility for people from diverse economic backgrounds. This approach creates a dynamic and inclusive space where everyone's voice and experiences are valued.

  2. Advancing Intersectional Equity: We recognize that inequities exist within our society, perpetuated by intersecting systems of oppression. Our pricing model addresses these inequities by acknowledging the varying financial capacities of attendees. By offering different price ranges, we foster equity and create opportunities for individuals with marginalized identities to engage, share their perspectives, and shape the future of community arts education.

  3. Fostering Solidarity and Collective Liberation: We believe in the power of solidarity and collective action to dismantle oppressive structures. Our pricing model encourages those with more financial resources to contribute at higher rates, not as an act of charity but as a commitment to collective liberation. By actively redistributing resources, we cultivate a culture of mutual support and challenge the status quo, inviting all participants to actively engage in the fight for social justice.

Through our liberatory pricing philosophy, we aspire to:

  • Amplify Marginalized Voices: By removing financial barriers, we create an environment where individuals from historically marginalized communities can reclaim their rightful place at the forefront of community arts education. We prioritize spaces for their experiences, knowledge, and leadership, fostering transformative change and decolonizing existing narratives.

  • Foster Transformative Relationships: Our pricing model attracts a diverse range of attendees, cultivating relationships that transcend traditional power dynamics. We encourage connections based on shared values and visions, promoting collaborations that challenge oppressive systems and uplift the most vulnerable members of our community.

  • Cultivate Collective Power: Our pricing model embodies collective action, empowering attendees to stand in solidarity with one another. By collectively choosing ticket prices that align with individual financial capacities, we dismantle the notion of hierarchy and nurture a space where everyone's contributions are valued, regardless of economic status.

We acknowledge that our liberatory pricing model is just one step in creating an inclusive conference environment. We are actively engaged in seeking alternative funding sources, such as sponsorships, grants, and community partnerships, to supplement ticket revenue and further enhance accessibility for all participants.

Through the embrace of this liberatory pricing philosophy, we envision a conference community that thrives on the principles of liberation, where diverse voices are celebrated, financial barriers are shattered, and access, equity, and solidarity pave the way for radical transformation in community arts education.

Join us on this transformative journey as we collectively challenge oppressive systems, center the most marginalized voices, and co-create a more just and liberated future for community arts education.

If you have any questions about our pricing model, contact: conference@nationalguild.org