Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic

Rootwork: Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic


This series is now completed. You can find recordings from the series in our Resource Center:



The Rootwork Learning Cohort, which is a group of community arts educators who attended the “Rootwork  | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic” series as a group and met with the 3 Cohort Advisors to discuss together after each session, will now use the series as inspiration to design new, adaptive models for community arts education that respond to our current moment, which will be disseminated to the broader field later in 2021.



“Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic” was an online learning series about how to create programming informed by, and supportive of, the many, varied lived experiences of our communities in the unique context of this moment. 

Nationwide throughout the pandemic, community arts education organizations have been working iteratively to reconfigure programming for their new realities—not least of which includes addressing the severe social inequities that COVID-19 has so clearly revealed. In April, the National Guild held several series in initial response to the pandemic through which we, along with many arts education practitioners, co-learned about how organizations have adapted their programming most responsively when centering the communities whom have been historically marginalized by racist, colonialist, ableist, and ageist systems. These communities’ resilience offers us all tremendous leadership.

This series was designed to help cultural workers in community arts education navigate the “new normal” and co-create programming by / with / for your communities towards a brighter future.