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Training Institutes

The Guild regularly offers institutes on a variety of topics vital to arts education providers. These institutes can function independently, or as a part of our annual Conference for Community Arts Education.

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Engaging Adolescents Institute

High-quality arts education programs can address adolescents' developmental needs by supporting the acquisition of artistic and life skills, positive self-image, and a sense of belonging. Yet recent research by the National Guild indicates that many arts education providers are challenged to sustain teens' involvement in robust out-of-school time programs.

The Engaging Adolescents Institute illuminates how you can increase teen participation by revealing what teens want, what they need, how to engage them, and how to sustain their involvement in the arts.


The Fundraising Lab

The Fundraising Lab is designed to help leadership teams from New York City’s small to mid-sized nonprofit arts education providers increase their organizations’ development capacity, broaden their base of support, diversify revenue streams, and raise more money.

The Lab provides both training and consulting services, enabling teams not only to learn about but implement effective development practices that can take their organizations to the next level.

High-Impact Partnerships with K-12 Schools

Gain practical tools and hands-on training that will help your organization produce powerful benefits for students, teachers, artists, and communities through deeper partnerships with K–12 schools. Using case studies, examinations of critical issues, dialogue with expert practitioners, and hands-on practice with planning and evaluation tools, you’ll explore arts education partnerships from multiple perspectives and discover what makes them effective over time.

True partnerships—characterized by mutual understanding and commitment, collaborative planning, and shared responsibility and accountability—have lasting effects. Roll up your sleeves and join experts and peers to increase your understanding of these key partnership ingredients:

  • Benefits and challenges of collaboration
  • Characteristics of effective, sustainable partnerships
  • Management skills for establishing and sustaining effective partnerships
  • Methods for overcoming common partnership challenges.

You’ll also craft a partnership action plan for implementation back home.


Social Justice Beyond the Classroom: Moving Toward Equity and Organizational Change

Charleston. Baltimore. Ferguson. How do we as arts leaders respond? Learn how your organization can directly address systemic racism and oppression, and foster greater equity, by applying a social justice lens to all areas of your work—professional development, fundraising, programming, board recruitment, hiring practices, and advocacy.

Through discussion and  hands-on art-making, explore foundational concepts of social identity, privilege, and oppression, and discuss how these concepts influence decision-making. Participants will gain practical tools and resources that can be adapted for organizations, including assessment rubrics, sample hiring questions, social justice leadership frameworks, and more. Participants will also craft an equity action plan that meets their organization’s particular needs. For those who know a little or a lot about social justice pedagogy, this workshop is designed to give you tools and strategies for building equity in ways that can make a real difference for your institution and the community you serve.


Powerful Partnerships

This two-day, highly engaging hands-on workshop explores how nonprofit arts education providers can more deeply engage their communities; gain access to a broader array of resources including expertise, credibility and funding; and increase sustainability through collaboration.




Tapping Potential: Arts Learning in Later Life

This highly interactive seminar focuses on how arts learning fuels human development in later life. We begin with a review of the latest developments in the rapidly evolving field of creative aging, including new discoveries about the powerful impact of creative activities on the brain. We examine how older adults learn and continue to develop their potential, and we dig into the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective, sustainable programs in three arenas: skill-based lifelong learning, therapy-based health and wellness programs, and intergenerational community engagement. The importance of tapping the life experiences of older adults—finding and framing their stories—is explored using case studies and evidence-based practices in multiple disciplines.

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