2018 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 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 workshops in France, Italy and North Carolina.
Kim Silbaugh has been a teacher since 1980. Kim has a BS degree in Education from Drake University, a Masters of Education degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University, and a PhD in Education Leadership from Breyer State University. Kim has been an art teacher, special education teacher, technology facilitator and adjunct professor at two universities. She currently is a faculty member at Lesley University where she teaches in a master’s degree program for teachers in Arts Integration. She is also an adjunct faculty at Western State Colorado University in their Education Department. Kim has presented at several National Art Educator Conferences, received awards for excellence in education, as well as being a recipient of the Power of Art awarded by Robert Rauschenberg. She has been involved with the Kennedy Center teaching artist program, participated in an internship under the guidance of Luciana Nuturno in Ravenna Italy doing mosaics, been accepted into juried shows for her steel and glass sculptures. Kim believes that the arts are a means to address Common Core State Standards as well as to destroy cultural and language barriers. They provide personal voice, and offer all the opportunity to engage their imagination while learning through a lens of creativity. Kim believes the arts are a natural pairing with other curricular areas of study and has taught several STEAM residencies and workshops.
Glenda was awarded a scholarship to Tisch School of the Arts, NYU where she received her BFA in dance. She then returned to her hometown where she served as Dance Director at Arts Together, Inc. for almost twenty years and joyfully directed The Rainbow Dance Company from 1990 – 2004. She was a founding member of the collaborative, Even Exchange Dance Theater and also performed with the improvisational quartet THEM. Her love of movement has allowed her to dance with many inspiring people and fueled extensive study in Contact Improvisation, Body, Mind, Centering, Feldenkrais Technique, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi and Yoga. She taught dance and Whole Body Wellness at Enloe High School for eleven years. Currently Glenda teaches at Arts Together, Inc., Blue Lotus Yoga and is an A+ Fellow. As a Fellow she shares techniques for meaningful arts integration and collaboration with teachers from all over the state. She recently returned from Switzerland where she shared these strategies with teachers from Kindergarten to high school. Glenda is an RYT 500 hr. certified Yoga Instructor. Her passion for helping others find their creative voice infuses all of her teaching.
Sean Layne, theater
Sean is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England. Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years. He leads residencies for students K-8, presents workshops for teachers, and has designed training seminars for teaching artists nationwide for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. For over a decade Sean acted, directed and designed sets for the Interact Story Theatre, a professional theatre company that has served more than 4,000 schools, museums, libraries, and festivals around the world. He began working with the Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts program in 1989. As a Master Artist, he represented Wolf Trap across the country and internationally, and designed and piloted new residency and workshop models.
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.