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Eric Booth to speak in Sonoma on arts education

The public is invited to attend a lecture and brief concert highlighting El Sistema, the youth orchestra program currently established at El Verano Elementary School.

The program, “A Vision for Sonoma: the community development possibilities of El Sistema,” will be presented at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E. Internationally-renowned arts education leader and “El Sistema” advocate Eric Booth will introduce the Sonoma Valley community to the inspiring social development and orchestral program that began in Venezuela. Booth will discuss the potential of El Sistema in Sonoma and the vision for a community network of youth orchestras. The night will conclude with a brief performance by the Valley Vibes Orchestra, the El Sistema program at El Verano school. A suggested minimum donation of $5 will be collected at the door.

The following night, Tuesday, Booth will speak from 6 to 8 p.m. on motivation and creative learning in a free event open to the community at the Presentation School, 20872 Broadway. He will discuss how creative engagement can – and should – be present in all learning situations, both in and outside of schools, and will describe how intrinsic motivation, increasingly viewed as an essential force behind mastery and life-long learning, can be cultivated in children.

Booth will offer his perspective on a variety of subjects, including:

• What do learning environments that promote curiosity and creative thinking look like?

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