Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Nora Miller, a member of the Writers' Workshop and graduate assistant with the Office of Community Engagement, has been an incredible example of students refining their skills through service.

With Arts Share, Miller acted as a liaison between the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Iowa communities looking to host expert writing events for students and community members.

"There was one amazing program I helped coordinate," Miller said. "I recently met somebody whose kid participated in that program and said it was a wonderful thing for her daughter and that it opened her mind up to many new things. That was a cool thing to help make on the logistical end."

As an Arts Share artist, Miller participated in the Patient Voice Project, which connects writers with chronically ill patients to provide free one-on-one sessions.

Miller also worked at the Arts Share/Grant Wood Art Colony Summer Camp, teaching students from kindergarten to sixth grade about the art of poetry.

"I got to know many of my kids," Miller said. "It was significant. At the end of the week, one little kid gave me a picture of me, and it said 'kind, pashote, buoatufull'​ (passionate, beautiful). I put it on my fridge," she said fondly.