2017 Laureate Mimi Herman

mimi-hermanMimi Herman, Poetry

Mimi Herman is a writer, editor, teaching artist and consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from
Warren Wilson College.She has worked as an arts and education consultant for over twenty years, engaging over 25,000 students and teachers with writing residencies, as well as designing and providing professional development for teaching artists, teachers and administrators.

The author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning, Mimi has published in Crab Orchard Review, Shenandoah, The Hollins Critic and many other journals.

For more information Mimi, please visit her website.

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Reflections

On education and the arts:

In recent years, we in North Carolina have been particularly focused on excellence in education. We want the best for our children. We want to keep them in school and help them learn the most they can. And as we test new possibilities, we’re discovering what we’ve suspected all along: the arts are essential to our students’ education. At one point in time, we thought of arts as extras the power locks and automatic windows on the vehicle of education. But now we’re seeing that the arts are the engine that drives the car. Students get out of bed in the morning excited to be going to school where they’ll be sculpting, dancing, painting, singing, acting and writing. Some students, for the first time in their lives, are discovering that they want to learn. Education is about a lot of things: creating good citizens, opening students’ minds, helping us learn more about the world in which we live, passing on our heritage…. Arts programs have real effects in the real world. They use the resources of dedicated artists, educators and arts organizations, together with the talents and intelligence found in every student in every school in our state. They enable students to experience the joy of the creative process while reinforcing learning in other curriculum areas: language arts, math, social studies, science, physical education.