Our mission is to place creativity at the center of learning so all students have the creative and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and life.
Founded in 2011, the Community Engagement Lab is a leader in putting creativity at the center of learning. We work with classroom teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and community groups that share a vision and agenda to make learning more creative and engaging.
This includes our teacher institute, Creative Curriculum From The Inside Out, which is a ten-month learning, planning and programming sequence for PreK-12 teachers who want to integrate a creative project into their core curriculum subjects.
We also host the Creative Learning Forum. The Forum brings together national leaders in arts integration, Vermont education leaders and expanded learning providers to develop new ways to use creative engagement to advance personalized learning. The 2016 Forum was attended by 95 educators and expanded learning providers from across Vermont.
The Creative Schools Initiative
For the 2016-17 school year, we worked in 14 schools in 5 counties, from the Northeast Kingdom to Brattleboro. Schools served by Creatives Schools Initiative professional development and in-school teaching artist residencies have included:
Thatcher Brook Primary School
Learn more about these CSI projects in the Project Archive.
Invite your school to get involved. Attend a public performance. Invest in our work. You can help grow the number of high quality creative opportunities for Vermont’s children, youth and communities.
Eric Booth CO-FOUNDER & ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Eric is widely referred to as the father of the teaching artist profession and one of the nation's most creative teachers. He 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. 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 designed and led the word's first International Teaching Artist Conference in Oslo in 2012, and an expanded Second Conferences in Brisbane, Australia (2014) and Edinburgh, Scotland (2016). Back in the U.S., Lincoln Center Education has launched the highest profile teaching artist training in the U.S., with Eric as primary advisor.
Judith Hill Bose, Ph.D. SENIOR TEACHING ARTIST
Judith specializes in the area of teaching artist development and the intersection of cultural organizations, schools, teachers and teaching artists. She previously served as the Director of Teacher Education and Educational Initiatives at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she developed an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music degree program, and led Longy’s Teaching Artist Program. In New York, she was a master teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic for ten years, and she has worked with numerous schools and cultural organizations both nationally and internationally.
Marialisa Calta's eclectic career has included work as a newspaper and wire service reporter, a freelance writer, cookbook author, nationally syndicated columnist, and public relations specialist for non-profit organizations. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and and M..S from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has taught journalism at the University of Vermont.
Naomi has a decade of bookkeeping and financial management experience with Vermont businesses and nonprofits. Following professionally in her mother’s footsteps, Naomi began her bookkeeping career while still in high school. After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, California with a B.A. in Economics, she specialized in accounting work for nonprofits and fiduciary attorneys. As owner of Even Keel Bookkeeping, she leads a team of consultants that support a wide variety Vermont businesses and non-profit organizations.
Richard Mannoia SENIOR TEACHING ARTIST
Richard has trained teachers and designed curriculum for many organizations including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and the Guggenheim Museum. Concurrent with his CEL work, 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.
A native Vermonter and first-generation college student, Beth was raised by blue-collar parents who instilled in her a strong sense of place and love of natural history. After graduating from Antioch University New England in 2002, with a master's degree in Environmental Studies, Biology Certification, Beth taught high school science in a variety of New England schools. Ten years of questions that extended beyond the classroom propelled Beth to pursue a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Today she studies equitable access to education, systems that engage learners in cooperative problem solving around authentic, community-based, real-world dilemmas, and exploration-based, interdisciplinary learning opportunities.
Leslie Ward PRESIDENT
Bruce Story TREASURER
Joy Worland SECRETARY