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Awakening Creativity in Broken Places

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China-born/Philadelphia-based artist Lily Yeh talks about developing large scale participatory arts projects in impoverished communities around the globe, including Rwanda, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bejing, Ecuador, the Republic of Georgia and Syria among other places. Yeh discusses how  art becomes a lever for social change  and how it can empower communities, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. 

 

Yeh's projects around the globe are an outgrowth of the extraordinary work she put into play in North Philadelphia in the 1980s, transforming more than 120 abandoned lots into gardens and parks; creating educational programs, art workshops, after-school programs, a youth theater, and community celebrations; and founding The Village of Arts and Humanities, a community-based art organization which serves thousands of low-income people every year.

 

A book-signing will follow her talk.