Groundwork: Healing within Community Arts Education

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Registration is now closed.


From October 18–November 5, 2021, we will hold a virtual gathering for community arts practitioners to embody radical reinvention and imagination as we process the pandemic. Through creative artmaking, learning and connection, we will tend to ourselves, our collectives, and our vision of a transformed society.


Groundwork is designed specifically for people in community arts education—including teaching artists, arts administrators (from all departments), organizational leadership, young artists, and cultural workers—as well as their community partners. 

All attendees are asked to follow the Groundwork Community Agreements linked below.


Three Weeks—Three Dimensions Of Grounding Practice

This unique gathering will center healing and wellness in the context of community arts education, as a pathway towards personal, interpersonal, and system change. We must get right with ourselves before we can work with each other to reimagine and create a more just future. To that end, Groundwork will begin with Healing for Self (Week 1), and then move into Healing for Collective (Week 2), and Healing for Movement Building (Week 3). 

Learning Tracks

Registration includes access to all General Assembly on Healing track sessions, including Opening Sessions and Make/Think/Share Studios, taking place on three consecutive Mondays (October 18th and 25th, & November 1st) and to a conclusion on the final Friday (November 5th). 

You may also register for additional TracksCreative Aging, Human-Centered Practices, and/or Creative Youth Development—to take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays respectively during the gathering.

Opportunities for hands-on practice, storytelling, dialogue, healing, and reflection will be integrated throughout all tracks. Sessions will be synchronous and asynchronous, so you can create your own journey! 


We are using a privilege-based sliding scale pricing model that includes a “pay what you can” and a “solidarity donation” option. We strive to make our programs accessible to everyone regardless of their financial resources and circumstances. We also offer the opportunity, through a solidarity donation, to redistribute wealth towards someone in our community that would not otherwise be able to access services.

We suggest that Guild members pay $25 per track, and nonmembers pay $50 per track (as a reminder, Guild membership is pay-what-you-can).

Suggested pricing:

  • General Assembly Track on Healing only: $25 for members, $50 for nonmembers
  • General Assembly Track on Healing +1 learning track: $50 for members, $100 for nonmembers
  • General Assembly Track on Healing +2 learning tracks: $75 for members, $150 for nonmembers
  • General Assembly Track on Healing +3 learning tracks: $100 for members, $200 for nonmembers


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Real-time ASL interpretation will be provided by Pro Bono ASL for all sessions except for Make/Think/Share Studios, which will have ASL interpretation available by request only. Closed captioning 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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Please contact Ivy Young, Director of Conferences and Learning, at by October 14th if you might require additional accommodations or have questions or feedback about accessibility. We are happy to welcome you!



This program is made possible through generous support from Aroha Philanthropies, The Music Man Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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