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Eric Booth and Lara Davis Receive 2015 Annual Leadership Awards

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May 19, 2015

Americans for the Arts have announced that Eric Booth and Lara Davis are being honored as recipients of a 2015 Annual Leadership Award. Presented each year, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Eric Booth and Lara Davis are receiving the Arts Education Award and the American Express Emerging Leading Award, respectively.

Lara Davis has been active in youth development and community arts education for more than a decade. She has served as a Seattle arts commissioner and as program director for Arts Corps, an award-winning, Seattle-based youth arts organization. In her current role as Arts Education Manager for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture (a Guild member), Davis manages Creative Advantage, a public/private partnership that pairs teaching artists and cultural organizations with underserved public schools to ensure that all Seattle youth in every neighborhood have equal access to arts learning.

As an arts learning consultant, educator, and author, Eric Booth has been a leading voice in the field of arts education. In 2014, he spoke at the Guild’s Conference for Community Arts Education, contributing to a number of sessions including: Developing the Field of Teaching Artistry and Global Connections in Teaching Artistry.

Eric Booth is the first teaching artist to receive the Arts Education Award. Booth has been on the faculty of Juilliard for 11 years as a teaching artist and he has served as a consultant for organizations and governmental agencies around the country. He has taught classes for every level from kindergarten through graduate school, including faculty positions at Stanford University, Tanglewood, and Lincoln Center Education (for 26 years), and led workshops at over 30 universities and 60 cultural institutions.

“Our Leadership Awards honorees have distinguished themselves as tremendous leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders have implemented innovative and transformative programs to strengthen the communities they serve, and their unwavering commitment to local, state, and national support for the arts is deserving of this recognition.”

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