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Mission, Vision & Strategic Priorities

Founded in 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education is the sole national service organization for community arts education providers. Our dynamic member network of arts education organizations includes community schools of the arts, arts and cultural centers, preparatory programs, and arts education divisions of performing arts companies, museums, parks and recreation departments, and others.

Values and Vision

We believe involvement in the arts is essential to individual fulfillment and community life. We envision a nation where all Americans understand and appreciate the value of the arts in their lives and in the lives of their communities.

 Arts education enriches individual lives and improves communities. To ensure all people have access to arts learning throughout their lifespans, we must work together as a field to create an environment that is more favorable to arts education. Key areas of focus include changing how funding flows; leveraging new financial, social, and intellectual resources through strategic partnerships; framing and articulating our value; and forging connections between community arts education and civic priorities.


We support and advance access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.

Current Strategic Priorities

Working collaboratively with a broad range of practitioners and stakeholders within and beyond the arts and education sectors, the National Guild’s broad objectives are:

1.     To build the capacity of community arts education providers to 1) deliver quality programs that are sustainable and equitable, 2) secure greater financial support, and 3) contribute to  systemic change through:

  •  Professional development and information resources addressing key areas such as evaluation and assessment, documentation and communication, cross-sector partnership, collective impact, advocacy, and others

  • Ongoing networking opportunities for community arts education professionals to share ideas, tools and techniques; identify needs and opportunities; and collaborate to develop  new knowledge and practices for growth and sustainability

  • Development of the leadership capacity of current and future leaders

2.       To increase support of and investment in community arts education by:

  • Developing strong relationships with and among  policymakers, funders, researchers, higher education leaders, business leaders, and other stakeholders  

  • Leveraging the assets of current and emerging leaders 

  •  Encourage and support efforts for member organizations to build awareness and increase investment in the field


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