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Free Public Forum: Programming FOR the Future WITH the Future

Policy and programming for and about young people is stronger when young people are included in the planning process. But as obvious as that may seem, co-designing next generation systems with young people has not been standard practice. Until now. Join us on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco for an illuminating overview of what co-designed systems look like in principle, and participate in a cross-generational workshop to experience what this modality feels like in practice.

This event will be facilitated by youth and adult program leaders in collaboration with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy, and Rebeka Rodriguez, Civic Engagement Manager, both of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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New Webinar Series!

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Join us for a fall webinar series on evaluation as a strategy for building, improving, and funding creative youth development programs. The growing strength of the CYD movement necessitates that programs, staff, partners, and funders re-think fundamental ways of doing business --program design, staffing, and evaluation to create more active and ongoing roles for young people as critical thinkers, designers, and decision makers. The webinar series is chaired by Dennie Palmer Wolf and informed by many voices from the CYD field including: Julia Gittleman, Steven Holochwost, Gladys Hidalgo, Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, James Miles, K├Ąthe Swaback and others.

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Registration Open for Conference for Community Arts Education


The National Guild conference provides learning, networking, and tools to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. Featuring more than four dozen workshops, roundtables, plenary sessions, site visits, and social events—plus full-day preconference institutes—delegates develop new skills, share effective practices, build relationships with colleagues, and return home inspired with new ideas about how to advance their organization and better serve their community. Guild members receive discounts on registration. 

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New Vision, Mission, and Values

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Now in our 80th year, the Guild is taking this opportunity to articulate new Vision, Mission, and Values statements that reflect our belief in the transformative power of the arts, and our commitment to leadership, equity, and social and racial justice. We believe this language will form the foundation for our future as a leader in community arts education.

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Featured Member

Church Street School for Music and Art (New York, NY) provides process-oriented art and music education to students of all ages. The organization's affordable programs serve a range of socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities. Since its founding in 1990, Church Street School has been dedicated to the idea that individual experience and personal discovery foster creative thinking and confidence. As the only not-for-profit school for the arts in Lower Manhattan, it strives to serve as community center for the neighborhood: a safe place where students, parents, children and neighbors share creative experiences, where kids play and grow together, where those with the challenge of disabilities find a place to shine.

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