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Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld

Artist's Narrative

Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld Mimi'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, from Canada to Puerto Rico, she works 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. She taught her course, ARTS Across the Curriculum, at Otterbein University for 20 years, and presents for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's summer children's programs. She teaches her course, "Playing With the Arts," at Columbus State Community College.

Mimi's novel, The House At Twelve Rose Street, one of the first controversial stories for children, published in 1966, was adapted for a TV  Special in 1980 and won an Emmy nomination. Her first collection of essays, Teaching In The 'Key of Life,' was published by NAEYC (National Assoc of Education of Young Children). Redleaf Press published her second collection, Teaching By Heart. Redleaf and NAEYC published her third collection, Celebrating Young Children and Their Teachers. In 2013, NAEYC and Redleaf published a special 20 year anniversary collection, Still Teaching In 'Key of Life'. Numerous poems, stories, articles and books have been published through the years. An active member of the poetry community in Columbus, Mimi has participated in many poetry readings throughout the area. She writes a reglular column for Columbus Parent magazine.

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 has been a regular guest on WOSU AM's All Sides with Ann Fisher 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 without 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!"

Availability

Upon request.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

Celebration of Ideas with an Emphasis on Creative Movement (All grade levels)
Movement is one of the oldest ways of learning, expressing ideas and feelings, and communicating. Through movement, we enrich our understanding of ourselves and others, concepts, all curriculum areas, group relations and language comprehension. Both students and teachers will rediscover the possibilities for learning inherent in movement arts. With children of all ages, we have explored movement components of hundreds of topics and themes: seasons, holidays, concepts/subject areas from ancient Egypt to outer space, from nursery rhymes to fairy tales, from Halloween to Martin Luther King's birthday, from the Seven Dwarfs to the Bill of Rights. We find there is no subject or idea that cannot be hallowed by adding the dimension of movement. Follow up activities in creative writing and art are always suggested. Teacher's presence and involvement is very important!
Activity Options:
Celebration of Ideas with an Emphasis on Creative Movement
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $300/half day; $450/full day plus $.40 per mile if out of the city area of Columbus
  • Requirements: Maximum of 4 (1 hr) to 5 (45 min.) sessions per day.

Celebration of Ideas with an Emphasis on Creative Writing (All grade levels )
Creative writing sessions (as are the Creative Movement sessions) are success-oriented, accessible, exciting, and challenging. They demonstrate the power, fun, beauty, and adventures of using language in creative ways. The writing activities encourage and provide easy access to daily writing: sense charts, word gatherings, "beginnings," "opposites," word explosions, time machine journals, pen pals, word categories, etc. As with the movement-centered sessions, writing activities are linked to all ideas and subject areas. Appreciation of language is fostered and respect for one's own work and the work of others is encouraged. Process rather than product is emphasized. Follow-up suggestions continue the energy. Mimi is flexible about connecting the arts to all curriculum areas and themes. Teacher's presence and involvement is very important!
Activity Options:
Creative Writing
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $300/half day; $450/full day plus $.40 per mile if out of the city area of Columbus
  • Requirements: One class per session

Folk Dances from Around the World (All grade levels)
All over the world,  people DANCE! This program is a celebration of easy, delightful, accessible dances from friends  across the country and across the globe. Every culture, every country, has its music, dance, stories. We are enriched by experiencing the joy of such gifts!
Activity Options:
Folk Dances from Around the World
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $300/half day; $450/full day plus $.40 per mile if out of the city area of Columbus
  • Requirements: Maximum of 4 (1 hr) to 5 (45 min.) sessions per day.