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Our Biggest Conference Ever!

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Nov 22, 2011

650 representatives from more than 370 organizations in 42 states and three Canadian provinces convened at the National Guild's 74th annual Conference for Community Arts Education in Boston. The conference is the only national event that addresses the specific interests and needs of community arts education providers.

This year’s program focused on new opportunities for sustainability and growth. Arts educator and author Eric Booth encouraged arts organizations to identify common ground and work collectively, especially in this time of limited resources when we may be inclined to hunker down and focus inward. By transcending differences within the arts sector, we can leverage shared resources, exchange models of best practice, spark innovation and identify new areas for collaboration.

Employing arts education as a resource within a more comprehensive community building framework was also a major focus. Playwright, performer and educator Will Power compelled us to think deeply about ways the arts can positively contribute to youth development. The role of the arts in community development, health and well-being, human development and other realms was also addressed in many of this year’s sessions and pre-conference institutes.

Click here for video of Will Power and Eric Booth's keynote addresses.

Handouts and other materials from many of this year's conference sessions, as well as pre-conference institutes, are now available free-of-charge to Guild members and delegates of the 2011 Conference for Community Arts Education. Click here for a list of available resources.

Lead conference sponsors included the National Endowment for the Arts, MetLife Foundation, and The Achievement Program. Additional support was provided by Berklee College of Music, The Barthelmes Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Adobe, American Express and Active Network, Inc.

The 2012 Conference for Community Arts Education will be presented November 14-17 in Dallas, TX. National Guild member Big Thought will host. Mark your calendar!


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