Art Visionary Free Lecture in Philly

Fleisher forum with Lily Yeh

5:30–7:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2009

Join us on Friday, September 25th, to meet the visionary artist Lily Yeh.

Lily’s work has taken her to communities throughout the country and world. She was a professor of painting and art history at the University of the Arts from 1968 to 1998, and was founder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities from 1968 to 2004. In 2004, Yeh left the Village to pursue her work internationally and founded a new nonprofit organization, Barefoot Artists, Inc., with the mission to bring art to impoverished communities throughout the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve indigenous art and culture.

Lily will discuss her recent projects, including the Rwanda Healing Project, the construction of the 1994 Genocide Memorial, the transformation of a survivor’s village in the Rugero district in West Rwanda, and the Dandelion School Transformation Project. The school is situated in a polluted industrial section on the outskirts of Beijing and serves the needs of 620 children of poor immigrant workers from 24 provinces.

This event is free and open to the public.

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