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The Art of Justice


  • Hasan Davis, President, HD Solutions, Berea, KY

Hasan Davis is a Hope Dealer. He knows first-hand the impact that one committed champion can have in transforming a young life experiencing difficult times. As a young man, Hasan faced multiple social and personal challenges, but the opportunity to creatively engage the world and find his own voice allowed him to exchange one “JD” for another. He went from Hasan Davis, Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis, Juris Doctor. Come walk a few miles with Hasan and be reminded why your work is even more important today than ever. National Guild members can access the full video here.

2017 National Guild Service Awardee: Lara Davis

  Lara Davis is the recipient of the 2017 National Guild Service Award. This award recognizes Lara’s remarkable service to the National Guild and its membership as co-founder of the ALAANA Member Network and current ambassador, long-time member of the Creative Youth Development Steering Committee, Community Arts Education Leadership Institute alumna and past practitioner faculty member, and frequent presenter of Guild conference sessions and online learning opportunities. Lara’s service and leadership has contributed greatly to the Guild’s increased commitment to racial justice, equity, and social change, and has provided enormous value to our membership.

Emerging Young Artist Residency

 Bay Area and national youth participated in an Emerging Young Artist Residency, Nov. 16 – 18. Hosted by Destiny Arts Center, the residency offered young performing artists from MOSAIC Youth Theater in Detroit, RAW Art Works in Boston and Destiny Art Center Students from Oakland, ages 16-14, an opportunity to collaborate with leading teaching artists and their peers in the creation of original performance pieces that explored critical social issues connected to conference themes. The residency culminated in a 10-15 minute performance at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Cultural Memory in Youth Creativity and Hip Hop


  • Bettina Love, Author and Associate Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

At the 2016 Conference Dr. Bettina Love gave a keynote that spoke passionately about providing youth with conceptual tools for both understanding and working collectively to combat racial and social injustice. She explored how art, resistance, and Hip-Hop, when linked to the sociopolitical lives of youth, nurture their civic sensibilities to engage in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. This is a preview of her presentation. 

Guild members can view Dr. Love's entire presentation here: Who's Got the Power: Art, Resistance, Hip-Hop Civics, and Joy with Bettina Love.

A Love Note to Justice: Building Hope and Healing in Urban America preview


  • Shawn Ginwright, Author and Professor, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

At the 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education, Shawn Ginwright gave a bold and nuanced keynote that proposes a new movement of healing justice to repair the damage done by the erosion of hope resulting from structural violence in our communities. Above is a preview of Dr. Ginwright's remarks. National Guild members can access the full video here.

From Nicety to Necessity: Building Public Will for Lifelong Arts Learning


  • Kevin Kirkpatrick, Senior Executive Vice President/Principal, Metropolitan Group, Chicago, IL

The value of the arts in our lives and educations has been well documented. Yet, arts programs are often the first to be cut and the last to be restored (if ever…). In response, arts advocates too often throw around data that succeeds mostly in “preaching to the choir” while failing to mobilize anyone who’s not already on board. Kevin will talk about a new strategy to build public will for the arts as a core component of our everyday lives, from how its framed to who needs to be engaged to make it a reality.

Engaging Tweens in Afterschool Arts Programs: Unveiling a New Research Report


  • Denise Montgomery, Strategic Affiliate and Director, Next Level SMG, Pleasantville, NY
  • Peter Rogovin, Founder and Managing Director, Next Level SMG, Pleasantville, NY
  • Daniel Windham, Director of Arts, The Wallace Foundation, New York, NY

For the first time, publicly-available consumer research has been conducted to learn what tweens and teens think about the arts and what influences their decisions about where and how to spend their free time. Join us as we unveil the new Wallace Foundation-commissioned report, Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts. The report—based on market research, interviews with experts, and observations of exemplary programs—suggests 10 principles that afterschool arts education providers can follow to attract and retain urban tweens. These recommendations are based on direct interviews with urban, low-income tweens and teens, parents and caregivers, and leading practitioners, and may be applicable to teens from all walks of life.  

Building Smart Education Systems: Your Role in a Community-Wide Approach to Public Education


  • Warren Simmons, Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, Providence, RI

The national conversation around public education reform has grown increasingly passionate and contentious in the last several years. So often it seems that curiosity, creativity, and inspiration are eclipsed by accuracy, achievement, and uniformity. Dr. Simmons aims to turn the tide. His refreshing vision for teaching and learning emphasizes the important role of arts and cultural institutions and other community based organizations in students' success. In this thought-provoking session, Simmons explores some of the key factors contributing to the current state of public education in the US: the backlash against the test-driven accountability movement, the Common Core State Standards, new calls for enrichment opportunities, and the need to expand learning time. He'll then share key principles behind what the Annenberg Institute for School Reform calls "Smart Education Systems." This is a bottom-up approach to educational reform that centers on creating community-wide coordination among schools, nonprofits, businesses, and civic organizations to provide young people with a holistic range of opportunities and supports. Knowing how your arts organization plays a key role in this community-centered reform movement can help you build your business and increase your organization's impact. 

Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education


  • Don Marinelli, Co-Founder, Entertainment Technology Center , Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Do you often find yourself wondering how technology is transforming how students learn about, create, and share art? How it may alter longstanding traditions of teaching and learning? How it may transform established business models?

You're not alone.

So we asked Don Marinelli, co-founder of the world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and a former professor of drama and arts management at Carnegie Mellon University to share his thoughts and experiences from the frontier of arts and technology integration. ETC brings artists and technologists together to work on substantive, real-world projects combining the latest digital media technologies with myriad artistic, educational, and entertainment efforts. Learn how technology is changing student learning and educational paradigms—and how you can harness its potential. 

Minding the Gap: Race, Class, and the Deep Divide in Arts Learning Opportunity


  • Maribel Alvarez, Research Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Gigi Antoni, President & CEO, Big Thought, Dallas, TX
  • Shakti Butler, Founder and Creative Director, World Trust Educational Services, Inc., Oakland, CA
  • Margie Reese, Vice President of Programs, Big Thought, Dallas, TX

Recent studies — from the Pew Research Center to the eminent Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam — suggest that the growing bifurcation of America into the 'haves' and 'have nots' is reaching an alarming state. Both income and race are cited as predictors of the public's access to opportunity — including access to arts learning. This session features a keynote by leading artist and racial equity educator, Shakti Butler, followed by responses from expert panelists. Together they discuss how income and race relate to "equity" and "access" in arts education, as well as examine the trends in society that have enabled this unjust situation. Additionally they analyze common nonprofit business practices that for years have guided the ways that community arts education providers operate — but that may not be serving our field's collective goal of increasing access for all. 

Catalyzing Change: Creating Equitable Access to Arts Learning


  • Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
  • Ayanna Hudson, Director of Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Merita Irby, Managing Director, Forum for Youth Investment, Washington, DC
  • Sandra Ruppert, Director, Arts Education Partnership, Washington, DC

Community arts education leaders can contribute directly to the adoption of policy that will increase access to arts learning for all. In this session, you'll hear from leaders, from within the arts field and beyond, who have successfully achieved social change in their communities through collaborative action, cross-sector partnerships, the adaptation of new business practices, and other strategies. Learn how nonprofit organizations, school districts, community development coalitions, and local government can play a key role in moving legislation into action to ensure that all people, regardless of race or socio-economic status, receive the  same access to arts learning opportunities.  

More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education


For those who think about how their organization can stay relevant, successful, and sustainable in the near or far distant future, this session is a must see. Two well-known field leaders, Gigi Antoni and Thomas Wolf---authors of the Guild's new book, More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education---discuss how collaborations, and the ability to enter or create them, will often define the success of arts education practice in the future.

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