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Guild Associate Director Presents at Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

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Oct 16, 2012

On October 15 and 16, 2012, Guild associate director Ken Cole represented Guild members at the Grantmakers in the Arts 2012 Conference: Forging Connections. This year's conference focused on the topics of creating an equitable future, building livable communities, and providing effective leadership. Ken participated as an organizer and presenter for two sessions:

Valuing Nonprofit Talent and Leadership in the Arts
This session brought awareness to the Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership, a blueprint of actionable goals and strategies to strengthen leadership in the nonprofit sector. Ken Cole and Teresa Eyring, executive director of Theatre Communications Group, shared their efforts and successes in bringing attention to this very important topic through the leadership training programs they have implemented with funding from American Express. Ken spoke specifically about the National Guild's Community Arts Education Leadership Institute.

Engaging Adolescents
Research indicates that high quality arts education programs can address adolescents’ developmental needs by supporting the acquisition of artistic and life skills, positive self-image, and a sense of belonging. Yet a recent survey by the National Guild for Community Arts Education indicates that many arts education providers are challenged to recruit teens and sustain their involvement in out-of-school-time arts learning programs.

The recently released Guild book, Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts, describes methods of integrating youth development and arts education practices to help teens grow as artists while accomplishing the key developmental tasks of adolescence. This blended approach can increase teens’ involvement and multiply positive outcomes. At this session participants explored these practices, reviewed case studies of successful youth arts education programs, and discussed how best to support the development of arts education programs that catalyze teens’ potential and inspire lifelong engagement in the arts.

Interested in building or deepening your own teen arts program? Register for the Guild's upcoming Engaging Adolescents Institute Pre-Conference (Nov. 14) at the 75th annual Conference for Community Arts Education this November in Dallas.

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