Eric Booth, one of the foremost experts in the world on teaching artists, speaks about the field and craft of teaching artistry. He says while teaching artists are recognized as learning catalysts – by the education, business, and healthcare sectors (to name a few) – there continue to be insufficient growth pathways to support the expertise that’s been developed by this global workforce.
In 2015 Eric Booth was given the nation’s highest award in arts education, and was named one of the 50 most important people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a successful Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and has authored six books and over 40 published articles. He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 34 years, where now he is the leader of their Teaching Artist Development Lab).
He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states, and businesses around the U.S., and as Senior Advisor to the El Sistema movement in the U.S. and abroad.
A frequent keynote speaker (including the closing keynote at UNESCO’s first World Arts Education Conference and the keynote to the world’s first conference on orchestras and communities), he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, was given the first honorary doctorate for a career as a teaching artist. His sixth book, Playing for Their Lives (reporting on the global growth of the El Sistema movement) was published by W.W. Norton in September 2016.
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