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Distinguished Lecture: Eric Booth

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AISD Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre

1500 Barbara Jordan Boulevard

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At this free and open to the public speaking event, Eric Booth will discuss how creative engagement can – and should – be present in all learning situations, both in and outside of schools. Drawing from his book, Playing for Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music Eric's talk will be relevant to educators, artists, parents and anyone interested in the possibility and impact of creative learning. This event features a special performance by Austin Soundwaves. Sign interpretation will be available.

Following the event, Eric will lead a professional development workshop for teachers and teaching artists on how to nurture your skills with creative engagement, such as flexible thinking, empathy, brainstorming, inquiry and multi-sensory learning. Learn more about Eric Booth at www.ericbooth.net. We are so excited to have him with us.

MINDPOP's Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible in part with the support of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Applied Materials Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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About Eric Booth:

In arts learning, Eric has been on the faculty of Juilliard (13 years), and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (15 years) and Lincoln Center Institute (for 26 years). He has taught at every level from kindergarten through graduate school, and given workshops at over 30 universities and conservatories, and 60 cultural institutions.

Formerly the Founding Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center (now on the Board of Directors), he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds. He is the Senior Advisor to the El Sistema movement in the U.S. He gave the closing keynote address to UNESCO's first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006), the opening keynote to UNESCO's 2014 World Conference. He founded and led the First and Second International Teaching Artist Conferences (Oslo 2012, Brisbane 2014).

His books include "Playing for their Lives", "The Everyday Work of Art" (a Book of the Month Club selection), and "The Music Teaching Artist's Bible". He has written dozens of magazine articles, and was the Founding Editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal.

Eric is the first recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry (2012), won the 2015 Arts Education Leadership Award from American for the Arts (the nation's highest award), and was named in 2015 as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in the U.S. nonprofit arts.

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