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The CAELI Alumni Network is built upon CAELI's principles of participant-centered learning, mentorship, and personal and professional growth. It provides opportunities for past CAELI participants to continue to develop as effective leaders of their organizations, their communities, and the field of arts education, and engages alumni as peer-mentors and resources.

The Alumni Network's goals are to:

  1. Enable CAELI alumni to continue to develop as effective leaders of their organizations, their communities, and the field of arts education.
  2. Build a network of emerging leaders who can share creative ideas and useful practices and provide counsel and support for one another.
  3. Strengthen the Guild’s connections with the people and organizations it serves, expanding its ability to identify and effectively address critical issues.

To update your contact information, please email James C. Horton, director of learning and leadership development at


Below is an overview of current Alumni Network activities designed to help alumni address current challenges they are facing as leaders within their organizations, communities, and the field. Through these programs, alumni have access to the connection and support of a vibrant alumni community and benefit from opportunities to further their leadership development and collaborate with peers.

CAELI Conversation Circles: Four times a year, the Guild hosts a web-based peer discussion group for up to ten alumni each. These intimate conversations are led by a core member of the CAELI faculty. Participants connect via video for two, one-and-a-half hour structured conversations focused on key leadership development challenges and opportunities. Past topics have included revisiting core values and finding hope.

CAELI Connect: Are web-based, peer led video chats led by institute alumni. This is an opportunity for alumni to stay connected by class and continue to develop their facilitative leadership while delving into topics that are most relevant to the members of that class. Past topics have included managing difficult conversations, trust building, and managing conflict, to name a few.

Annual Alumni Retreat: In 2017, the Guild kicked-off its first Annual Alumni Retreat on Wednesday, November 15, in conjunction with the national Conference for Community Arts Education in San Francisco and the Bay Area. This full-day retreat was facilitated by CAELI faculty and featured opportunities for skill-building, networking, and inspiration.

Regional Events:  Throughout the year, there are formal and informal opportunities for alumni to connect in regions where there are high concentrations of alumni. These opportunities include trainings with leadership experts, peer networking meetings, and social events.

Our Alumni

Our 201 CAELI alumni hold leadership positions at 92nd Street Y School of the Arts, Arts Council for Long Beach, MacPhail Center for Music, Arts Corps, Flint Youth Theater, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, EdVestors, Urban Gateways, and Lincoln Center Education, among other top arts education institutions across the country. Click here for list of alumni

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.