June 13-17, 2016
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier

Eric Booth, Director
Richard Mannoia, Senior Teaching Artist


Teaching artists bring something powerful to partnerships with teachers that explodes into creative learning. What are the specific tools and capacities they bring, and how can we make them stronger?

The Teaching Artist Institute will explore the best practices that ensure that classroom teacher/teaching artist partnerships thrive in real-world situations.

The Institute’s demonstrations, hands-on experimentation and individual coaching from leading experts in the field will prepare participating teaching artists to take the next step in fulfilling their potential.

All sessions will be led by Eric Booth, CEL Engagement Director, with Richard Mannoia, CEL Senior Teaching Artist. (Bios)

For teaching artists who are already confident in their work, this unique opportunity to work with the top leaders in teaching artistry will expand their skills and boldness, broaden their range, and empower them as local leaders and school partnership developers.

For artists who don’t think of themselves as teaching artists, the Institute introduces the basics of this practice, and provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced teaching artists to build the skills required for expanding their work with schools.

The Teaching Artist Institute will use projects previously presented or being developed by participants as a launching pad to explore significant issues of teaching artist work. Participants may submit a project to be explored at the institute, and receive a full fee waiver if their project is selected. (see side bar)

By using real-world case studies, we will ground our investigation of best practices and teaching artist habits of mind in the direct application of the work, bringing it back to actual practice with students.

Participants will leave with as set of tools and strengthened skills that will help advance the scope and reach of their work in partnership with schools.

June 13-17, 2016
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm

$100 Vermont residents.
$480 non-residents.

Deposit due by May 23 ($50 VT residents. $100 non-residents). Remaining fee due by June 10.

Includes lunch

Private dorm rooms at Vermont College of Fine Arts are available for $65/night.

Group rates are available, contact us for more information.



Eric Booth and Richard Mannoia teach the most advanced teaching artists in the U.S. at Lincoln Center, and now bring their expertise to Vermont for the Teaching Artist Institute.

Eric Booth, Engagement Director
Eric is widely referred to as the father of the teaching artist profession and one of the nation's best teachers of creativity. In the past four years, Eric has been invited to seven countries to present and train teaching artist leadership—including five weeks of presentations in Australia, a national program launched in Norway, and helping design a national program in Scotland. He is the founder and lead designer of the International Teaching Artist Conference, the first debuting in Oslo in 2012, an expanded second Conference in Brisbane, Australia in 2014, and the third conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2016. Back in the U.S., Lincoln Center Education has recently launched the highest profile teaching artist training in the U.S., with Eric as primary advisor.

Eric received Americans for the Arts 2015 Arts Education Award, the most prestigious award in U.S. arts education, and was named in the "Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts (USA) for 2015" in Barry's Blog. In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (for 26 years), and The Kennedy Center (14 years). He was the Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (the largest arts-in-education project in America). He is the Senior Advisor to the Music National Service initiative (lead trainer and training designer for MusicianCorps); and he is Senior Advisor to El Sistema USA, a national organization training Abreu Fellows and spearheading the development of El Sistema-related sites around the U.S. Formerly the Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center, he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds.

Richard Mannoia, Senior Teaching Artist
Richard has trained teaching artists and designed curriculum for many organizations including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and the Guggenheim Museum. He serves as Principal Advisor for Juilliard's K-12 programs and is a Senior Teaching Artist of the New York Philharmonic. He has served as director of the Longy School of Music's Teaching Artist Program and as the lead mentor of the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall Academy. Richard holds degrees in performance and education from the Manhattan School of Music and Harvard University and is an assistant researcher at Harvard's acclaimed educational research group, Project Zero. 




Eric Booth


Do you have a project that you would like to present as a working case study for unpacking and coaching at the Institute?

5-7 projects will be selected to provide a balanced and provocative part of the curriculum.

Presenters receive a full registration fee waiver.

Contact us to discuss how you could present your project at the Institute as a learning model.