Conference for Community Arts Education

The Guild's annual Conference for Community Arts Education brings together leaders and educators from a range of backgrounds to share knowledge, build relationships, and advance a common vision: a nation where arts education is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting an in-person conference in New York City in 2020 as we had previously planned.

We are deeply saddened that we won't be able to gather in-person with our arts education community—we cherish this time together each year. We know that for many people as well as for us, the Conference for Community Arts Education is a mind- and soul-nourishing gathering which offers a rare chance to see friends and colleagues from across the country, and which pushes forward our work for the entire year. For now, we are taking time to pause, reflect, and reimagine the shape of our programming for the coming months.

We've come to this decision for several reasons, including uncertainty around the safety of gathering in person, consideration for the NYC organizations who were engaged in planning and hosting the conference, and recognition of the serious financial realities that many organizations are facing.

Although we cannot convene in New York, we are committed to bringing the field together in the summer and fall. We are inspired to design learning opportunities that respond to the current moment and support the community arts education field as we collectively build our future. We've already been developing ideas based on our conversations with the field through our three COVID-19 response virtual series (you can find recordings here, and our Community Conversations series is still ongoing). 

Over the coming months, we will be reaching out to tell you more, and to ask for your help. Join our email list to stay in the loop. We very much look forward to being with you all, virtually.


Wishing you health, safety, and peace of mind, 

The National Guild Staff