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2016 Keynote Speaker

Eric Booth

"one of the 25 most important people in American arts education"

Who is Eric Booth?


"the father of the teaching artist profession"

"one of the 50 most important U.S. arts leaders"

"one of America's most creative teachers, and best teachers of creativity"

"an essential leader in the U.S./world El Sistema movement"

More About Eric Booth


At the 2016 HAP Conference, Eric Booth will serve as your keynote speaker and guide.

In arts learning, he has been on the faculty of Juilliard (13 years), and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (15 years) and Lincoln Center Institute (for 26 years), and he has given classes for every level from kindergarten through graduate school; he has given workshops at over 30 universities and conservatories, and 60 cultural institutions.  

Formerly the Founding Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center (now on the Board of Directors), he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds. He is the Senior Advisor to the El Sistema movement in the U.S..  He gave the closing keynote address to UNESCO's first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006), the opening keynote to UNESCO's 2014 World Conference. He founded and led the First and Second International Teaching Artist Conferences (Oslo 2012, Brisbane 2014).

His books include The Everyday Work of Art (a Book of the Month Club selection), The Music Teaching Artist's Bible. He has written dozens of magazine articles, and was the Founding Editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal.

He is the first recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry (2012), won the 2015 Arts Education Leadership Award from American for the Arts (the nation's highest award), and was named in 2015 as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in the U.S. nonprofit arts.

2016 Plenary Speaker

Adele Diamond

"one of the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today"

Who is Adele Diamond? 

Adele Diamond's conversation with Krista Tippett on On Being, distributed by American Public Media

Adele Diamond's TEDx Talk (YouTube)

Adele Diamond was recently recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today. She is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Prof. Diamond is at the forefront of research on 'executive functions' and on the brain's prefrontal cortex on which they depend. Executive functions include 'thinking outside the box' (cognitive flexibility), mentally relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones, resisting temptations and staying focused (inhibitory control, including selective attention).

She has made discoveries that have improved treatment for two different medical disorders and discoveries that have impacted education, improving the lives of millions of children. Her work has shown that executive functions can be improved even in the very young.

Adele Diamond was educated at Swarthmore (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard (Ph.D.), and Yale Medical School (postdoc). Her many awards include an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Ben-Gurion University, the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, named a "Woman of Distinction" by the YWCA, and named one of the "2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century."

2016 Plenary Speaker

Jeff M. Poulin

Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.  He was also instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was an advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.