National Guild Membership

The Music Academy SA is proud to announce our registration with the National Guild for Community Arts Education. As a National Guild member, The Music Academy South Africa is committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all.

Founded in 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education is the sole national service organization for providers of community arts education. We believe in the power of the arts to transform lives. Our work helps us realize that transformation every day.

We serve our membership of over 400 organizations and individuals who span 46 states and a wide range of artistic disciplines, as well as the broader field. Many of our members partner with human services agencies, youth development organizations, public schools, senior centers and healthcare providers to increase equitable access to arts learning by, with, and for their communities.

In order to strengthen organizations and further advance community arts educators’ practice, the Guild offers learning opportunities and resources, leadership development, and connection with fellow practitioners.
Mission
To ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education.

Vision
We envision a nation where arts education is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.

Values
We are guided by our core values of leadership, equity, community, and creativity:
LEADERSHIP
We are dedicated to developing and supporting effective leaders who can empower people and organizations to advance community arts education.

EQUITY
We are committed to the ongoing effort to dismantle oppressive structures including racism, gender-based oppression, ageism, ableism, and more because our mission cannot be achieved until all people can live freely and in their full dignity.

CREATIVITY
We value the pursuit of creative processes that change lives, neighbourhoods, communities, and inspire innovation for the public good.

COMMUNITY
We believe that co-creating programming by, with, and for our communities promotes resilience, strong relationships, and transformation.