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Lily Yeh, Barefoot Artists

April 1, 2020

Creating Art is Community Building: Free Public Workshop with Lily Yeh
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM · Armory Building (Armory 101)
203 Draper Road, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061
Lily Yeh will share approaches to building community through art in an interactive art making workshop. All are welcome to attend this free workshop with an but space is limited. Please RSVP at the following link: https://forms.gle/KD5h4TnWxUsemsBm8.

Urban Alchemy, Art Transforms: Free Public Talk with Lily Yeh
April 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
· Blacksburg Public Library
200 Miller St. SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Parking is available at the library & Kent Square Parking Garage
Lily Yeh will present on and share approaches to building community through art, learning, land transformation and economic development. Free and open to the public. Q&A and book signing will follow. 

Barefoot Artists brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and support indigenous art and culture. Barefoot Artists develops projects in collaboration with individuals and agencies on the ground in identified communities.

Lily Yeh is an artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. She grew up in Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1963 to attend the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. She was a professor of painting and art history at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) from 1968 until 1998. As founder and executive director of The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc. to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in several other countries. She is the subject of the feature-length documentary film The Barefoot Artist directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts.