Transmission from the Portal - September 2022

October 10, 2022

We hope this Transmission finds you rested, nourished, and swirling with inspiration.

We've been creating new internal structures to support us working intentionally and in alignment with our values. We're also eager to connect with you and learn more about what community arts educators need right now, and how we can support. Read on for more info!

Community Spaces: Boston

Boston-area community arts educators, come join the National Guild for Community Arts Education for a fun, informal in-person gathering where we'll spend some time collectively dreaming the future of community arts education.

This fall, the Guild is launching an ongoing series of visits to communities across the country to connect with folks in the community arts education ecosystem and learn about new possibilities for us to support you. Boston will be our very first stop!

Community Spaces will be taking place in other cities throughout the year, as well as virtually, so be on the lookout for more info about future details and locations.


Welcome to new staff member Naiya Speight-Leggett!

A warm-brown skinned femme in front of a vivid red background looks directly at the camera, hand resting against chin. Naiya has long dark brown box braids, a black top, and vibrant turquoise and copper earrings.

Naiya Speight-Leggett (she/they) is a creative strategist, professional dancer, and visionary catalyst born and raised in ‘Washington, DC’—occupied Piscataway & Anacostan land. She is a lover of people, art, and equity who works in the radical tradition of Black Queer Feminism to inspire transformation that honors our inherent interconnectedness.

Naiya brings both robust proficiency and energizing ideas to their work with the Guild. Their experience spans: arts education; nonprofit, management, and DEI strategy consulting; community organizing; and social policy work—always centering people first. She co-facilitates MoneyPot, an anti-capitalist direct resource redistribution initiative for BIPOC abolitionist organizers. She has taught, performed, and created with various dance companies, The Kennedy Center, and U.S. + D.C. organizations. Naiya is launching their upcoming movement healing practice, prioritizing liberatory wellness and holistic joy.

Naiya earned her dual degree BA in Political Science & Black Diaspora Studies (Urban Studies concentration) from Yale University. She also has advanced training in business development. Naiya has received the Yale Creating & Performing Arts Award and National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence in the Arts, among others.

What We're Reading 

4 Antidotes for Scarcity Mindset
by Yura Sapi

Guild staff are working on unlearning the scarcity mindset that is so deeply ingrained in our society (including the nonprofit industrial complex), and leaning into an abundance mindset. This post by Yura Sapi on the Community-Centric Fundraising blog offered some generative reflections. 



We've entered this Portal of transformation so that we can move into deeper alignment with our values, and reimagine our work to better respond to the community arts education ecosystem's needs.

If you find this work exciting, please join us as a Guild member and/or renew your membership! A pay-what-you-can option is available to all. You can learn more about Guild membership here.

Published: October 11, 2022