You arrive, with nothing but a trunk and a few members of your "family,"ť at Ellis Island, where you have to learn how to live in a whole new country without leaving your own culture behind. Through poetry, drama and social studies, this residency creates a learning environment that allows students to understand immigration to America at the beginning of the twentieth century in an experiential, hands-on fashion. As we immigrate we will integrate, weaving the arts seamlessly with Common Core and Essential Standards and to provide you with a deep understanding of the complex process of becoming an American. This residency can be adapted for elementary and middle school. One- and two-day Coming to America workshops are also available for teachers and students.
Mimi Herman transforms lives.She has taught over 25,000 students and teachers to fall in love with writing. Mimi provides what every writer needs: a gentle tug in the right direction, active listening and consultation, a good dose of writing technique, and the belief that they can do wonderful things. Mimi is the director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute and offers writing retreats in Italy and France. In addition to teaching creative writing, she offers hands-on workshops and institutes for teachers, administrators, parents and teaching artists. Mimi is an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal and has participated in the Kennedy Center Seminar, Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers.