Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI)


Update, 4/7/20:

In response to the stress and challenges that many in our field are facing in light of Covid-19, the reality that our ability to gather in person together (or travel) will be suspended for an indefinite period of time, and the unpredictability of the next several months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's CAELI program. If you have already submitted an application, we will hold on to it for consideration for next year's institute. 

As hard as this decision has been, our commitment to support leaders during this time of crisis is urgent and strong. You can learn more about immediate offerings on our COVID-19 Response page

We are also actively planning for next year's leadership development institute and discussing ongoing opportunities to connect you all as leaders to each other and to the work of CAELI, as you are courageously navigating very difficult decisions in this uncertain time.

If you have any immediate questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Chief Program Officer, Heather Ikemire, or our new Director of Leadership Development, Ashley Hare. We welcome your emails and calls. 

In deep appreciation,
The National Guild Staff



The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) provides an intensive, transformative experience through which both seasoned and emerging leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers, nationally renowned practitioners, and a diverse cohort of peers.

The eight-month program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), from July 21–25, 2020, a 360-degree feedback process, peer-mentoring, and follow-up coaching. To optimize the learning experience, participation is limited to 26 individuals selected through a competitive application process.


Transforming Your Leadership

CAELI will increase your leadership effectiveness by helping you:

  • Increase awareness of the characteristics of highly effective leadership
  • Deepen your understanding of your strengths and identify areas for future development
  • Identify your core values and learn how these influence behavior and decision making
  • Deepen your understanding of equity and how personal biases influence leadership practice
  • Commit to your developmental goals, and with your coach, initiate a plan of action

To optimize the learning experience, participation is limited to 26 individuals selected through a competitive application process.


Alumni Testimonials

Linda Fernandez, Class of 2014

"Participating in CAELI is one of the best things you can do, both personally and professionally. You will walk in not knowing exactly what to expect and you will leave feeling refreshed and reenergized to do amazing work and have a positive impact on your community."

Troy Anderson, Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME), Class of 2010

"For me, CAELI opened up a whole world of behaviors and competencies that are necessary for me to lead effectively. Having come into CAELI with no prior management or leadership training, the institute also helped me take some of my previous leadership practices to the next level."

Read more testimonials from CAELI alumni, watch our CAELI alumni video, and learn about the CAELI Alumni Network.


Generous Supporters

Supporters of CAELI include The American Express Foundation, The Angell Foundation, Aroha Philanthropies, The Cleveland Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the CAELI Alumni Network, and other generous individuals.