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Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic



Join us this winter for “Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic”—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.

Designed specifically for cultural workers in community arts education, this series will help you navigate the “new normal” and co-create programming by / with / for your communities towards a brighter future.


The series will take place from December 2, 2020—February 24, 2021, and is open to all. You can register for the series as a whole, or for individual dialogues. 


We are using a privilege-based sliding scale pricing model that includes a “pay what you can” and a “solidarity donation” option. Cost should never be a barrier to these crucial conversations—therefore, we honor whatever financial exchange feels comfortable and meaningful to you.


Real-time ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided by Pro Bono ASL for all webinars. Facilitators and presenters will verbally describe what is on screen and state their name before speaking.


Please contact ivyyoung@nationalguild.org at least one week in advance if you might require additional accommodations, or have questions or feedback about accessibility. We are happy to welcome you!


General questions? Contact programs@nationalguild.org