Eric is widely referred to as one of the nation’s best teachers of creativity, and the father of the teaching artist profession. In 2015 he was awarded the nation's highest honor for an arts educator (the Arts Education Leadership Award by Americans For The Arts), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the U.S. arts. In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (35 years), and The Kennedy Center (12 years). He is the founder and co-designer of the International Teaching Artist Conferences, the recipient of the first honorary doctorate in teaching artistry (New England Conservatory), and was the keynote speaker at UNESCO's first world arts education conference. More about Eric.
JUDITH BOSE, Ph.D.
Creative Education Director
Judith specializes in the area of teaching artist development and the intersection of cultural organizations, schools, teachers and teaching artists. She is Dean of the Longy School of Music at Bard College, where she has developed an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music degree program and 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.
Communications and Development Coordinator
Inspired by the many ways in which art and food making act as a creative dialogue with place, Gray graduated from Sterling College with degrees in Environmental Humanities and Sustainable Food Systems, where their studies culminated in an illustrated research narrative titled “Together with Bread: Food, Culture, and Community from the Vermont Hearth”. Currently working towards a Certificate in Arts Management through UMass Amherst, Gray is passionate about supporting initiatives that center creative, place-based frameworks for community resilience.
Paul brings 30 years experience as an arts administrator, musician and educator to his role as Executive Director of the Community Engagement Lab. His innovative community-engaged projects have been GRAMMY nominated, featured as models of best practice at national conventions, and received national awards for children's media, including the Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award. He has founded three non-profit arts organizations which have attracted regional and national funding and programming awards. Before relocating with his family to Vermont in 2009, he was founder and music director of Orchestra Nashville for 20 years, and music director of the Nashville Ballet for six years.
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. More about Naomi.
Evan is a composer and double bassist who creates heart-centered music that inspires audiences and musicians alike. He lives in Marshfield, with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag, and they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. As a member of the New York City-based chamber music collective DeCoda, he performs in teaching artist residencies and concerts around the world, including four he led in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a member of Ensemble ACJW, also based in New York City, with which he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. More about Evan.
Claire is a seasoned community planner and educator in art-based placemaking and community design. She is dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable communities through creative problem solving and civic engagement. Claire has worked in rural and urban communities, in the US and Canada, for the past 20 years, connecting people to place. She is the Principal at Ear To The Ground. Claire holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a BS in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education from the University of Vermont, and holds professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). More about Claire.
Jenn has over 20 years of experience in developing customized programs championing environmental and social justice. She has deep skills in communication, public policy, program management, outreach, and facilitating successful group processes. In addition to her role with the Lab, she currently serves on the Board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and recently joined the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Climate Catalyst Community Leadership Cohort.
Jasper joined the Lab team as a support specialist in October 2019. He arrived with a long pedigree of success at providing insightful and nurturing counsel. Jasper specializes at inspiring thoughtful, empathetic listening among the individuals and teams he works with. He is also well known for inspiring clear minds and bold thinking among his co-workers, especially during NPW sessions (Nature Planning Walks) . He holds top credentials with, among others, the AKC, GATB (Goldens Are The Best), and BFF (Best Friends Forever).