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Community Arts Education Resource Center

Designed especially for staff, faculty, and trustees, the online Resource Center is an ever-expanding, comprehensive guide to managing a successful community arts education organization. Full and Educational Affiliate Members can access peer-reviewed information, learn effective practices, and download field-tested templates and sample documents, expediting the search for information and answers.



Community arts education basics - research, benefits, and start-up steps

Governance principles, board roles, and board-building strategies

Community Engagement
Connection with community for greater access and inclusion

Assessing programs, students, teaching artists, staff, and boards

Building, expanding, improving, or moving

Faculty & Staff
Policies and practices for supporting teaching artists and staff

Financial management principles and techniques

Essentials of resource development

Marketing & Communications
Building visibility and promoting programs

Mission, Vission & Planning
Guideposts for decisionmaking

Options and approaches for successful relationships

Developing effective, sustainable programs


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We've recently added more than 35 new resources to the Resource Center.  Highlights include:

  • Engaging Adolescents: Inspiration and practical advice from the National Guild's just-released guide, Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts, along with six more publications about effective teen programs that build artistic and life skills while involving you as active partners. (Programs)
  • Innovation: Two case studies and links to multiple resources on innovation practices in community arts organizations. (Community Engagement)
  • Teaching Artists: An information-packed framework for rethinking teaching artists' roles, including core principles and practices for working relationships. (Faculty and Staff)
  • Annual Giving: From fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace, basic advice on effective annual giving programs. (Fundraising)
  • Collaboration: Four tools to help you assess your readiness for collaboration and create a solid foundation for the relationship. (Partnerships)
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This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.