White Accomplices for Racial Justice Cohort

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The application for this program is now closed.

Program Summary

The White Accomplices for Racial Justice Cohort will offer a space for up to 20 Guild members (Individual Members or people affiliated with member organizations) who self-identify as white to understand the hallmarks of our larger culture that prioritize whiteness, with a particular focus on how whiteness shapes individual behaviors and perspectives within the community arts education field.

The cohort is designed for independent teaching artists and cultural workers, administrative staff, faculty, and board members working in community arts education to collaboratively develop strategies for interrupting white supremacy culture behaviors in their personal and professional lives, as one step to reduce harm to Black, indigenous, and people of color, and towards building communities in which all people can thrive.  

Application Deadline: January 7 2022, 3:00pm ET 
Notification of Acceptance: Week of January 17, 2022
Cohort Dates: February 9–May 18, 2022

Six lead facilitators will coach, guide, and give structure to the group, while also co-learning and holding multiple roles in racial justice conversations. The facilitators will review all applications with support from Guild staff. 


Schedule & Cohort Learning

Accepted cohort members must commit to fully participate in all online, cohort sessions as follows.

Attendance at all sessions is important for your own learning and for overall success of the program, as the experience will be highly collaborative. We understand that emergencies do come up. However, cohort members who miss more than one session may be asked to leave the program.

All sessions are on Wednesdays, from 1:00 - 3:00pm ET, and will be held online via Zoom:
Feb. 9, 2022: Getting to Know Ourselves and Each Other
Feb. 23: Understanding Our History
March 9: Understanding Your Organization
March 23: Moving Forward in the Field   
April 6: Tackling Power Dynamics at Your Organization
April 27: Anti-Racist Policies
May 11: Into Action
May 18: Final Reflection Session (optional)  

Each month, the cohort will meet as a full group with facilitators for deep learning around core themes. In between the full group sessions, participants will meet in smaller trios designed for extended reflection, learning, and relationship-building. Core themes may include, but are not limited to, these topics:

  • The history of community arts education
  • Organizational power structures
  • Consequences of centering whiteness
  • Anti-racist policies and practices
  • Accountability to BIPOC communities

While collective liberation is a long-term process, each person who participates in the cohort will identify one “small act of radical intent” (h/t EMC Arts) that they will begin to move forward, with support from this cohort, as part of their longer journey towards dismantling white supremacy culture in their community arts education organization and/or practice. 


Applicants for the White Accomplices for Racial Justice cohort must: 

  • Be a current Guild member in good standing through May 2022 (either affiliated with a member organization, or an Individual Member).

  • Self-identify as white

  • Commit to all of the cohort session dates plus 3 small group meet-ups total 

Criteria for Selection

Successful applicants will demonstrate: 

  • Potential to be an active and engaged participant: Successful applicants are curious and possess a strong willingness to work with, learn from, and share with the cohort, as well as a willingness to courageously self-reflect.

  • An ongoing commitment to dismantling white supremacy (personally and professionally) through learning (and unlearning), training, action, lived experiences, personal healing work, etc.

  • A commitment to daily self-care practices that support the emotional resiliency needed to show up with openness and persistence to this work.

Special efforts will be made to recruit a diverse cohort in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender, work role, organizational size, and professional background.

Program Fee

There is no fee to apply.

Applicants who are selected for participation in the cohort will be asked to pay a program fee. We strive to make our programs accessible to everyone, regardless of financial resources and circumstances. To that end, we are offering the following tiered pricing structure based on organizational affiliation and budget:

  • $250: Participants representing a mid-to-large budget size organization ($750,000+) 

  • $150: Participants representing a small-to-mid budget size organization (up to $749,000) 

  • $50: Individuals participating independent of an institution 

If accepted, your program fee must be paid by February 4, 2022.


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Closed captioning for cohort sessions will be provided via Zoom. Facilitators and presenters will verbally describe what is on screen and state their name before speaking.

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ASL interpretation will be available by request only.

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If you have questions or feedback about accessibility, please contact Lauren Campbell (cohort coordinator) at laurencampbell@nationalguild.org. There is space in the cohort application form as well to indicate any accommodations that are useful to you. We are happy to welcome you!


The application is now closed. Cohort participants and waitlisted alternates will be notified the week of Jan. 17th. Deadline to confirm attendance is Jan 28th. If accepted, your program fee must be paid by February 4, 2022. 


If you have questions about White Accomplices Cohort program or application, please contact Lauren Campbell (cohort coordinator) at laurencampbell@nationalguild.org.


We are also building gathering spaces and programming specifically for practitioners of color in community arts education in 2022—contact Ashley Hare at ashleyhare@nationalguild.org if you’re interested to learn more about this.



This program is made possible through generous support from The Music Man Foundation.