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Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI)

A program of the National Guild for Community Arts Education

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CAELI, now in its third year, is an eight-month program, with the on-site Institute held in July at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA). To optimize the learning experience, participation is limited to 25 individuals selected through a competitive application process administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

CAELI 2011 group

CAELI 2011 Participants, faculty, and staff



The program has three key elements:

  • Pre-Institute 360-degree feedback process
  • Five-day on-site engagement with top leadership trainers and nationally-renowned practitioners
  • Individual executive coaching


CAELI is designed to help:

  • identify core values and learn how these influence behavior and decision making
  • increase awareness of the characteristics of effective leadership

  • deepen understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences
  • learn more about how to manage competing priorities within the organization
  • increase ability to build an effective, collaborative organizational culture amongst board,
    staff, faculty, and other stakeholders
  • learn the importance of articulating organizational vision and implementing effective
    strategies in pursuit of institutional objectives
  • create a plan for identifying and addressing individual leadership development goals

Leadership Development Faculty

Lauren, Krystal, and RonnieRonnie Brooks,  Director, Amherst Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul, MN
Judy Brown, Leadership Educator and Poet, University of Maryland
Phil McArthur, Partner and Co-founder, Action Design, Newton, MA
John McCann, President, Partners in Performance, Lead Faculty and Facilitator, Blacksburg, VA


During CAELI 2011, Lauren Deutch, The Jazz Institute of Chicago, and Krystal Banfield, Berklee City Music, talk with Ronnie Brooks, Amherst Wilder Foundation, during the Leadership Learning Circles.

Field Practitioner Facultypicture

Gigi Antoni, President/CEO, Big Thought, Dallas, TX
Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, President and CEO, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy,  Brooklyn, NY
Troy Anderson, Executive Director, Suzuki-Orff School of Music


 Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, Founder and Executive Director of Ifetayo Cultural Arts, talks with Davin Peele during CAELI 2010.


Diane Foster, President, Diane Foster & Associates, Alameda, CA


CAELI is a program of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, designed and facilitated by Partners in Performance, Inc., sponsored by the American Express Foundation.


If you would like more information about arranging a leadership development program for your community, agency, or organization, please complete the information below.

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