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Artists-in-Schools › Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld
Artist's NarrativeMimi's special love, besides kids, is "creative education" - integrating the arts with every aspect of the curriculum, with an emphasis on movement and writing. She received a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of New York and has taught in the classroom and in educational programs ranging from Headstart to Upward Bound. From New York to Hawaii, she has worked with children of all ages, college students, in-service teachers and community groups in conferences, courses, workshops, and classes. She is on the staff of the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center's Early Childhood Program, Days of Creation Arts Program, leads OSU's Hillel Foundation International Folk Dance program, and was the poetry component of the DepARTures program with the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus Public Schools. Mimi also teaches "Art Across the Curriculum" at Otterbein College each summer, and presents for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's summer children's programs.
Her children's novel, ''The House at 12 Rose Street,'' originally published in 1966, was adapted for a TV special in 1980. A recent collection of essays, ''Teaching By Heart,'' was published in 2001 by Redleaf Press. A 3rd edition of her text ''Creative Experiences for Young Children'' was published in 2002 by Heinemann Press. The NAEYC published a collection of her essays, ''Teaching in the Key of Life'' (1993). Numerous other articles, poems, and stories she has written have been published as well. Her latest book is "Celebrating Young Children and Their Teachers," published jointly by Redleaf Press and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2007.
Mimi is the long time leader of the international folk dance program at OSU's Hillel Foundation. She has shared folk dancing with thousands and thousands of people in festivals and folk dance sessions throughout the state and throughout the country.
She travels extensively to "be with" teachers, university students, and parents across the country. Mimi is a regular guest on WOSU AM's Open Line program focusing on Creative Education. Inspiring all her work are these favorite words: "All of my children are prodigies." (Yiddish proverb) "The lesson that is not enjoyed is not learned." (Talmud) "I am still learning." (Michelangelo) "Teaching is one of the few professions that permits love." (Theodore Roethke) "Nothing witbout joy!" (motto of Reggio Emilio). Mimi has been the recipient of many wonderful honors and awards, but her favorite comes from a child who wrote, "Mimi, you're the Queen of Fun!"