We’re occasionally sharing inspiring stories in the field of community arts education happening across the country.  This month, we’d like to share the story of this year’s recipient of the National Guild for Community Arts Education (NGCAE) National Leadership Award.

Meet William Estrada.

William Estrada (he/him/él) is an arts educator and multidisciplinary artist. His art and teaching are a collaborative discourse that critically re-examines public and private spaces with people to engage in radical imagination. He has presented in various panels regarding community programming, arts integration, and social justice curricula. He is currently faculty at UIC School of Art and Art History and a Teaching Artist at Telpochcalli Elementary School located in the Chicago neighborhood Little Village. William is engaging in collaborative work with the Mobilize Creative Collaborative, Chicago ACT Collective, and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.

Mr. Estrada’s current research is focused on developing community based and culturally relevant projects that center power structures of race, economy, and cultural access in contested spaces that provide a space to collectively imagine just futures.

This Guild’s National Leadership Award is given annually to an individual or institution whose work is nationally recognized as exemplifying and promoting the ideals to which the National Guild and its membership are dedicated. The 2021 National Leadership Award is being presented to William Estrada, in recognition of his commitment to promoting healing and transforming communities through teaching artistry.

Learn more about the National Guild’s work here.

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