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Learn about what the Guild is doing to advocate for community arts education and our efforts to build coalitions, create policies, and support legislation to advance the common values and missions of a variety of Guild constituencies nationwide.

National Policy Agenda Calls for Greater Investment in Creative Potential of America's Young People

Greater investment in out-of-school arts, humanities, and science programs that develop young people’s creative potential and foster individual growth and social responsibility will enable youth to live richer, fuller lives and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood.

That was the key conclusion of participants in the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in Boston, March 27-29, 2014. Together more than 200 leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers, and youth drafted "Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress through Creative Youth Development," a policy and advocacy agenda to be implemented at the local, state, and national levels.

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National Guild Endorses Joint Statement to Increase Support for Arts Education

The National Guild, in partnership with 12 other national arts and education organizations, has released Arts Education for America's Students: A Shared Endeavor, a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students. The statement, created over a 12-month period by the endorsing organizations, responds to the alarming marginalization of quality arts education in America's schools in recent years, as funding, staffing, and school time has increasingly focused on tested subject areas.

We encourage parents, educators, and policy makers to use Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor as an action tool to help prompt dialogue and engagement with local leaders and organizations in a Q&A conversation about how students in your community access arts education. Here are some suggested questions to get started:

  • How do your students have access to arts education in your community’s schools?
  • How do your community-based arts educators such as art museums or community schools of music connect with your community’s schools?
  • How do your teachers connect the learning in their classrooms to learning in the arts? How can you support them in that endeavor?
  • Where do you have strong support for arts education at your school? What does your state require your schools to do?
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Guild Participates in SphinxCon: Empowering Ideas for Diversity in the Arts

Each year SphinxCon brings together leaders discussing solutions to the challenges surrounding diversity in the performing arts. SphinxCon sets out to provide its participants with the tools to diversify their communities, transform the arts, challenge themselves, network with leaders, and initiate change.

In 2012 Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman spoke at SphinxCon and discussed how arts education can be one of the most effective means we have for addressing the issue of diversity in the arts. Please note: the presentation begins 14 minutes into the recording. Watch Now

In 2013 Guild Program Director James Horton spoke at SphinxCon and explored creative movements quintessential to the advancement and empowerment of communities through arts. Please note: the presentation begins 18 minutes into the recording. Watch Now

Guild Participates in Forum on Equity in Arts Funding

In 2011, Executive Director Jonathan Herman participated as one of 20 bloggers for Grantmakers for the Arts' dynamic Forum on Equity in Arts Funding. Bloggers represented an exciting cross section of the country's arts funding, service and equity thought leaders. In his post, "Equity and Community Arts Education," Jonathan discusses how current funding challenges pose serious threats to our sector while also driving organizations to develop new ways of doing business and maintaining their ability to serve the public.

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Guild Joins Colleague Groups for Open Letter to Secretary Duncan

The National Guild has joined forces with our colleagues in the music education field to create a unified response to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's open letter to America's teachers, which he released during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2011). Our letter speaks to the needs of the music and arts education cause nationally, and asks the Secretary for his assistance in making our dream of access for all students a reality.

Executive Director Participates with Guild Members in NEA-HHS Forum

Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman participated in “The Arts and Human Development: Learning across the Lifespan,” a forum sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in March 2011 in Washington. The event consisted of a series of presentations and discussions about the role of the arts in fostering cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes to support creativity and lifelong learning. Herman presented an overview of the Guild's membership, history and values, describing ways in which our constituents address critical human development and social welfare goals.

Guild Joins CAAE Advisory Council

The Guild has joined the Policy Council of the California Alliance for Arts Education, the leading policy and advocacy organization working to strengthen arts education in the state. The Alliance's Policy Council is composed of allied partners from education, business, arts and parent organizations, and meets twice annually.

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Open Letter to the NEA

In February 2009 the National Guild presented an Open Letter to the National Endowment for the Arts on behalf of our members, Board of Directors, and diverse constituency of staff, teaching artists, parents, students and volunteers. The letter outlines some of the specific interests and needs of the field and asks the NEA to partner with us.

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Joint Healthcare Statement

In August 2009, the National Guild joined 19 other national arts organizations in signing a healthcare reform statement that was sent to members of Congress and the press. The statement calls on Congress to pass a healthcare reform bill that delivers high quality and affordable healthcare to non-profit arts organizations and individual artists.

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