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Creative Communities are Thriving Communities

We believe in the transformative power of creativity, innate in all people, and in its flexibility to be guided into activities that create lasting change.

Project Design Lab


June 24-28 / University of Vermont, Burlington

Four courses to choose from for PreK-12 educators who want to improve the culture of empathy, respect, and belonging in their classroom and school community.


Earn three graduate credits or 40 hours of relicensing credits. Attend solo or as a team from your school or district.

Interactive workshops with acclaimed Guest Artists, teaching artists and facilitators who will activate our creativity and inspire our project designs.


PDL Guest Artists


PDL Guest Artists

No Strings Marionette Company

New Book!

By Eric Booth, CEL Co-Founder & Engagement Director

Teaching Artists work directly in every kind of community (schools, hospitals, neighborhoods, companies) to create change at the individual and community level. 


Teaching Artistry is the sleeping giant of social change, and this book shows us why. 


Join the Movement — Get the Book  Pass it On 


Our goal is to use this book to create 5,000 new advocates for Teaching Artistry as a tool for profound change. 


How many books can YOU use to help spread the word?


LEARN MORE about Making Change and how you can join the 5,000 New Advocates Campaign with bulk order options, free books and more. 

"Teaching artists amplify the power of the arts—and no one better than Eric Booth to share these stories."

– Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall

Take the 41-second Creativity Pledge

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We bring people of all ages together in projects that activate their creativity to imagine and build more just and thriving communities.


Project Design Lab project at Winooski Middle School — Gowri Savoor, teaching artist
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Community Engagement Lab is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Engagement Lab is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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