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Virtual Workshops are intended as a space for members to gather as a community, problem solve, and create new tools and skills for our work. We intend to grapple with the problems and questions probing our field forward, and to build community with one another. Each group has different goals, but is intended to offer training, and/or problem solving space related to the field. Each group is facilitated by members and leaders from the field. This year’s virtual working groups will include:

Chief Executives Forum

The Chief Executives Forum is an invite-only working group for Executives and/or Program Leaders of member organizations. Monthly meetings will consist of program leaders sharing and discussing insight from their experiences with the ultimate goal of strengthening their respective organizations. Topics range from “Back to School: Navigating the Return to In-Person Learning” to “Navigating Identity with Young People,” and everything in between.

Chief Executives Forum

Join us on Friday May 13 at 12pm ET for the Chief Executives Forum where we will discuss ESUSA Alumni Perspectives. At the ESUSA Symposium, six ESUSA alumni shared their perspectives and experiences at a panel session. We will dive deep into their feedback from programming to fundraising and consider areas of growth for our programs based on their feedback. The full recording of the alumni session – ESUSA Alum: Their Experience – is accessible on SwapCard for those who registered for the symposium. We will view a brief clip of the panel on Friday and will be joined by Dan Trahey who organized the panel.
  • November 12, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
  • December 10, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
  • January 14, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
  • February 11, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
  • March 11, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
  • April 29, 12:15-1:15 pm EDT
  • May 13, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
  • June 10, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
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Elizabeth Moulthrop

Executive Director, Paterson Music Project

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Angelica Durrell

Executive Director, INTEMPO

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Michael Remson

President & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony

Equity Centered Practices

The goal for this series is to explore how we can better integrate equity centered practices into our work as administrators and teaching artists working on youth development, music, and social justice. Together, we will create a space to build community, learn from and with one another, and explore how to best walk toward justice centered work. We aim to offer space to think theoretically about justice as well as offer practical tools for how to best implement the changes we hope to see.

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Session I: Exploring Identity

This session aims to guide each of us in exploring our own identities. Who are we as individuals, and what drives us in this work? We will also explore what can we do to better understand the lenses we wear, and how they impact our classrooms and work spaces.

Session II: Healthy Relationships

Music is fundamentally about relationships. Our programs involve relationships with students, communities, music, art, and each other. In this session, we will explore what healthy relationships are at their core, and begin to think together about how to center positive relationships in our work.

Session III: Self Care

How can we take care of ourselves? We know that this work involves a lot of our labor and energy! This session is intended to give a few practical tips for practicing self care actively throughout the day (for students & for adults!).

Session IV: Asset Based Language

How can we speak about our work and our students in ways that are focused on their assets?

Session V: Trauma Informed Practice

This session is intended to support teachers and administrators in responding to students who have had a traumatic experience. We will cover issues related to mandated reporting, best practices for child safety, and thinking about how to best protect our students.

Session VI: Change Management

This session is intended to cover change on a small and large scaleHow do we navigate change in our classrooms.

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Monique Van Willingh

Director of Cultural Equity and Belonging, New England Conservatory of Music


Angelica Cortez

Interim President and CEO


Calida Jones

Clerk and Symposium & Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee Chair

Teaching Artist Forum

This group is an invite-only working group for Teaching Artists of member organizations. Monthly meetings will included sharing best practices, trainings in youth development practice, and space for teaching artists to build community with one another.

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Rural and Small Programs

This group is intended for programs located in non-metropolitan areas to think through the unique problems related to their programs. Topics will include teaching artist recruitment, fundraising, and building connections in and outside of our communities.

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Past Webinars

You can access past webinars in our resource hub!

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