2017 Arts Integration Institute Teaching Artists
Mimi Herman (Institute Director), poetry
Mimi Herman is Director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute, the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and a writer and editor. She has taught in the Masters of Education programs at Lesley University and has been an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal. Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students and teachers with writing residencies, as well as designing and providing professional development in arts integration for teaching artists, teachers and administrators throughout the country. Mimi holds a BA from UNC-CH and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning. Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Main Street Rag, Prime Number Magazine and other journals. She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California to Symphony Space in New York City. With her partner, John Yewell, she offers Writeaways writing retreats in France, Italy and North Carolina. Mimi does her own carpentry and plumbing, and can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.
Martha Connerton, movement
Martha Connerton, Founding Director of Kinetic Works in Charlotte, NC since 2000, is a choreographer and teacher with an outstanding range of experience. Her training and dancing career includes some of the nation’s finest ballet and modern dance companies, which is reflected in her work as a creative artist. From 1983-1993 she worked as an independent dancer, choreographer and teacher in New York City, producing concerts of her work and dancing with other independent choreographers. From 1993 to 1996 Martha was Director of the School of NC Dance Theatre and Education/Outreach Coordinator for their school programs. She has been a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute in New York and currently for the Blumenthal Education Institute in Charlotte. Martha has served on the visiting artist faculty and as guest teacher for schools, colleges and dance companies throughout the country and has received many fellowships and choreography grants.She has choreographed works for numerous ballet and modern dance companies, opera and musical theater. In 2000 she formed Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works which receives annual funding from the NC Arts Council and the Charlotte Arts and Science Council. MC/Kinetic Works is on the Artists Rosters of the North and South Carolina Arts Councils, Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Raleigh/Wake, and Fayetteville/Cumberland.
Dan Johnson, music
During the past twenty-five years, Dan Johnson's teaching experience has spanned the PK - university gamut. In those settings, he has taught general, instrumental, and choral music for public, independent, and community-based schools in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Arizona, and North Carolina. In his current position, he teaches music education methods, music fundamentals, music technology, and supervises student teaching interns. He is a Fellow of the Southeast Center for Arts Integration and the A+ Schools Program, the largest, longest running, most successful arts-based whole-school reform effort in the United States. In that capacity, Dr. Johnson regularly presents professional development workshops on arts education and arts integration for PK - 12 teachers. A nationally-certified teacher educator, he also regularly leads Orff-Schulwerk Levels Courses and has studied at the International Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.
September Krueger, visual art
September is a fiber artist and printmaker who explores storytelling and mythology in her work. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, her early interest in fashion led her to studies in Textile Design followed by joyful work in a wearable art studio producing a line of women´s silk-screened clothing. She relocated to Wilmington, NC in 2004, and joined the faculty at Southeastern Community College after completing her graduate studies in Textiles at ECU. September teaches arts integration as an A+ fellow under the NC Arts Council, and she has provided artist residencies for schools in Wilmington, Lumberton, and Raleigh. She offers local fiber workshops for children and adults through the Museum School at the Cameron Art Museum and the Columbus County Arts Council, and regularly participates with the Big Print! Steamroller blockprinting events. September has served as a Teaching Artist with Dreams of Wilmington and has provided visual arts workshops with the Southeast Center for Arts Integration.
Jef Lambdin, theater
Hailing from Lumberton, North Carolina, Jef performs mime, variety arts and mask theater for children and families throughout the Southeast. Recently Jef shared his work at such places as Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC; all of the Gates County, NC, Elementary Schools; and The Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill, SC. The reason he’s a part of this summer’s Institute is that he also is a teaching artist. Recently he’s shared his mime, mask and circus arts work with students of all ages throughout North and South Carolina. He’s also presented arts integration workshops at the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education’s Arts Integration Conference, for many A+ School Faculties throughout North Carolina, at ArtsR4Life for the NC Dept. of Public Instruction, and as the keynote speaker at the Charleston County Mini Arts Conference in Charleston, SC.