A weekend of inspiration, consultation and writing instruction for writers of all levels - beginner to MFA to professional.
East Regional Durham County Library
Something changes when the arts are an everyday part of learning. No culture — from West Africa to India to Brazil – is foreign once you’ve learned to sing and play its music. You’ll never forget high and low-pressure weather systems after you’ve danced them. When you build shadow puppets and perform scripts you’ve written, mythology becomes real. And once you’ve made your way through Ellis Island in the year 1901, history is no longer something you just read about in books — it’s the subject of your own poetry.
We designed the Arts Integration Institute to make this kind of learning possible in every classroom. Each year we give elementary school educators a hands-on opportunity to work with extraordinary teaching artists who understand how classrooms really work. Teachers learn how to think creatively, collaborate and invigorate their classrooms. They also gain:
A full week to explore the arts as students.
Inspiration for innovative teaching.
Time and space to plan collaboratively.
Practical lesson plans they can use immediately in the classroom.
The ability to integrate arts standards across the curriculum.
Support throughout the year through feedback, refresher workshops, and an online resource custom-designed for Arts Integration Institute participants.
South Regional Durham Public Library
Open to the Public
WHAT: Authors R.V Kuser, Kelly Bouldin Darmofal, Barton + Megan Cutter will discuss their books, and what it means to write your own narrative as a person living with disabilities. This discussion will be moderated by Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman.
WHERE: United Arts Council / 410 Glenwood Ave #170
Join United Arts Council for our May First Friday Exhibit and Reception on May 5 from 6-8 PM at our office, 410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 170, Raleigh. Please note that although the address is Glenwood Ave, the entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street, which crosses Glenwood Avenue. For directions, please call (919) 839-1498.
Featuring Poetry Night and Open Mic Reading with 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman
Join us for a delightful evening of hands-on poetry. We’ll explore two different types of poetry--ekphrasis (poems about art) and word bowl poetry--with Mimi as your guide, then share our poems in an open mic reading. Poetry night is open to brand-new and experienced poets of all ages. Bring your best friend, your children, your great-aunt Edna, and discover how easy and fun it is to write poetry.
The Visual Art Exhibit features mixed media by Sheila Hall. Artwork shown: Abstract Landscape Triptych, Sheila HallArt on view through the end of May.
Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
The Whitehall, Camden NC
Indulge yourself with one to seven days in luxury, delving into your writing without interruption, with optional nightly readings and informal craft conversations. $145 per night for workshop participants, $160 per night for retreat only, shared room rate available. Includes all meals, wine and after-dinner drinks. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboard available.
The Whitehall, Camden NC
A weekend of inspiration, consultation and writing instruction for writers of all levels - beginner to MFA to professional. $395 for private room , $345 each for shared room. Includes all meals, wine and after-dinner drinks. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboard available.
Orange County Main Library
With North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, Poet Laureate of Hillsborough William Davis, and Carrboro's Poet Laureate Gary Phillips
Looking for poetry? Art? Smart, interesting people? Join Mimi Herman, 2017 Piedmont Laureate, at The ArtsCenter for a free Art and Poetry Treasure Hunt. Enjoy an evening of writing ekphrastic poetry (poems about art) on Friday,April 14th as you wander the galleries featured in Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.
Drop by The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro, any time between 6:00 and 7:30 pm to pick up your treasure map, a notepad and pen, and the secret directions to create your poems. You might write a love letter from one piece of art to another, or tell us what’s happening just beyond the borders of that intriguing photograph you saw. At 8:00 pm, we’ll meet back at The ArtsCenter for an open mic reading, to share the treasures you’ve created.
Whether you’ve been writing poems all your life, or your poetry career came to an abrupt halt at “Roses are red,” we’d love to have you join us! All ages are welcome.
Join Mimi Herman, 2017 Piedmont Laureate, at Duke Gardens to celebrate spring through nature and poetry. In ancient Japan, poets traveled miles for poetry parties. We’ll travel to the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum for our inspiration and collaborate to write a 100-stanza Haikai no Renga style of poem, considered the origin of modern haiku. No poetry experience or knowledge of Japanese needed, just the desire to enjoy nature and beauty in great company. If you’d like to practice in advance, check out Mimi’s blog at https://piedmontlaureate.org/blog/ on March 29th. All ages and writing abilities welcome! Meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the poetry party.
Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Hydroplaning, expansion and contraction, pick-up sticks and Jenga - explore new ways to revise old poems. Bring a poem that’s driving you crazy and join us to find your way to saying what you really want to say the way you really want to say it in this revision workshop. Please call 919-245-2536 to register.
Mimi will be attending the AWP Conference in Washington DC. Look for her and Writeaways at Table #341-T in the bookfair!
Prince Georges County, Marylan