Membership in the Portal

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May 26, 2022

As we announced on May 3, 2022, the Guild will be entering what we’re calling a “Portal” of transformation at the end of June 2022. To allow for this process of realignment, reflection, and relationship building, we will be holding off on producing our long-established programs from July 2022 through the completion of our strategic planning process (which will begin in 2023). 

What does this mean for membership?

We are grateful to our members for continuing to support and connect with us during this journey. We get to be part of a really special community of arts educators across the country, and we’re all in this together. 

While we do this deep dive to realign and create our new strategic plan, some of the programs and publications that members usually get discounts and/or exclusive access to—such as the Conference for Community Arts Education, CAELI, GuildNotes, and the Benchmarking Data Report—will be paused. Access to past issues of GuildNotes and the Benchmarking Data report are still available to members, and as always, members will have full access to our Resource Center, Guild member emails, and free posting to our Job Board during this time.

While we’re in the Portal, we will add a 6 month extension to all memberships with start dates of January 1, 2022 and later. If you have already renewed this year, you will see this change in your membership end date reflected within the next few weeks. If you have any questions about this, please email with “Membership extension” in the subject line.

A “pay what you can” option continues to be available to all members, regardless of your organization’s annual budget. If your organization is able to pay regular membership dues this year, and you are excited by this process of deep reflection and realignment so that we can better support the field in the long run, we invite you to invest in this national community by paying the calculated dues amount.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, please email

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If you find this work exciting, please join us in this journey, and invite people in your networks to become Guild members too! You can learn more about membership here.

Published: May 26, 2022