Interlochen to bring international arts leader Eric Booth to Traverse City for free workshop for local artists and art educators

Booth is widely referred to as one of the nation’s most creative teachers and as “the father of the teaching artist profession.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., Traverse City area artists and art educators are invited to a free workshop on helping artists connect with audiences led by international arts leader Eric Booth and featuring Interlochen Arts Academy student performers and Interlochen Public Radio Executive Director, Peter Payette. The workshop will take place at Horizon Books in Traverse City at 243 E. Front Street. 

Booth will demonstrate the methods he has developed over a lifetime for helping artists create more enriching experiences. Artists of all kinds and anyone interested in building a vibrant local arts scene are encouraged to attend this free event. Tickets are not required. Prior to the community workshop Booth will lead professional development sessions with Interlochen Art Academy faculty, staff, and students. 

An internationally renowned author, educator, and actor, Booth is widely referred to as one of the nation’s most creative teachers and as “the father of the teaching artist profession.” The first person to receive an honorary doctoral degree for teaching artistry, he is also the first teaching artist to receive the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Leadership Award, the most prestigious award in U.S. arts education. Booth was named among the “Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts (USA)” in 2015 and was the only teaching artist on the list. 

Booth has taught at The Juilliard School, Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center Education, where he is a co-founder of the Teaching Artist Development Labs. He held one of six chairs on the College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years. He serves as a consultant to many organizations, cities, states, and businesses around the country, including seven of the ten largest orchestras in America, and five national service organizations.  

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