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Excellence in Teaching Artistry: Eric Booth and Local Arts Educators

May 4, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


The UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) Program, in collaboration with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Department of Theater, brings together multiple communities for this free public event to discuss the importance and impact of the teaching artist profession, and the conditions necessary for excellent teaching artists to blossom and thrive in partnerships with non-profit arts organizations and local schools.

Keynote speaker Eric Booth has been writing and speaking about the teaching artist profession for the past 30 years. His writings and videos share his methodologies and philosophies as a teaching artist across disciplines and in various settings, and have guided and articulated “best practices” in the teaching artistry field. In recognition of his inspiring guidance to countless teaching artists who have entered the profession, Eric was the first teaching artist to ever receive the nation’s highest honor in arts education – the Americans for the Arts Arts Education Leadership Award.

At this event, Eric will reflect on the teaching methods that have proved most effective with multiple groups and share his ideas about what excellence means in teaching artistry. At the same time, this evening’s conversation will discuss the challenges and responsibilities of all teaching artists working in the field at this important moment in history – a time when many in our community, most especially our children and families, are feeling anxious and unsure. In addition, a panel of local performing arts educators, including Melanie Ríos Glaser, Vijay Gupta, and Leslie Ishii, will reflect on what it means to be an excellent teaching artist in our Los Angeles communities.

Eric Booth: Renowned author, publisher, speaker, curriculum designer and teaching artist pioneer

Melanie Ríos Glaser: Dance Maker and former Artistic Director of The Wooden Floor
Vijay Gupta: Violinist and Music Teaching Artist: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Street Symphony
Leslie Ishii: Theater Teaching Artist and Stage Director: Center Theatre Group, East West Players

Perry Daniel: Faculty, UCLA Department of Theater and Director of ArtsBridge

Pre-reception starts at 6 p.m.


The Little Theater
225 Charles E Young Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States