The first reader of Tending the Perennials wrote: “Finally, we have the 21st century Joseph Campbell we need.” If you remove the perennial actions and inquiries of art and religion from their institutional identities, you start living a personal religion. Creating a life guided and fueled by the verbs of art and spirituality instead of their nouns changes everything—because you change the way you attend to what unfolds throughout the day. Don’t expect a cerebral lecture—Eric Booth experientially engages audiences (as does the book) and activates artistry in listening and discovering ideas to take away and use.
In 2015 Eric Booth was given the nation’s highest award in arts education, and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of seven books, the most recent is Tending the Perennials: The Art and Spirit of a Personal Religion, which is a companion book to his bestseller The Everyday Work of Art. He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education(41 years), and serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S. and world. A frequent keynote speaker, he founded the International Teaching Artist Collaborative and keynoted UNESCO’s first world arts education conference. Visit him online at ericbooth.net.
Presider: Monica Weiss
Shared Charity: Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)
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