Video update, board & staff retreats, plus the Guild is coming to you!

August 31, 2022

Hello from the Portal! We've been deep in our dreaming and reimagining work, while building new practices of rest, restoration, and care.

We'll be sending you Transmissions about what we're learning, unpacking, and creating in the Portal (if you don't already receive emails from us, sign up for our list here). In addition to general updates, staff and board will share about specific topics we're exploring—along with an invitation to join the conversation with us in a virtual "Portal Cafe".  

Hear this month's updates from staff in the video below:

Video description: Executive Director Quanice G. Floyd, Deputy Director of Equity and Human Development Ashley Hare, and Membership and Operations Manager Rangsey Keo share Guild updates.

Board & Staff Retreats

Board and staff gathered around tables in a colorful room, with a large screen on the wall with virtual participants' Zoom squares

Board retreat at DreamYard Project in the Bronx

In June we held a two-day board retreat in New York City (thank you to Dreamyard and Gibney Dance Center for hosting us). Trustees and staff from all over the country gathered in person and virtually to reimagine the work of Guild, tap into our creativity, and dig into our planning and projects for the Portal and beyond.

Rangsey stands in front of a large music-themed mural on the outside of the Atlanta Music Project building.    Ivy, wearing a mask, writes on one of two flipchart papers on a beige wall.

Staff retreat at Atlanta Music Project in Atlanta, GA

In July we held a staff retreat in Atlanta, GA. Thank you to Atlanta Music Project, who welcomed us into their space for three days! We began a deep examination of the feedback we've received from our community over the last few years, and discussed how the Guild can move in a more human-centered and heart-centered way, share power, co-create, and root ourselves in an abundance mindset. We're excited to continue this conversation with you.

The Guild is coming to you!

This fall, we will begin visiting communities across the country to build new relationships, deepen old ones, and learn about new possibilities for the Guild to support you. These in-person gatherings will be fun, informal, and allow space for collectively dreaming the future of community arts education.

We will be in Boston from October 18th–20th, and San Francisco from November 8th–10th. If you are in one of these areas, save the date! We'll also have a virtual gathering open to all who are unable to join in person.

Published: August 31, 2022