In mid-April, Erie Arts & Culture hosted Peter Kageyama as the first installment in our placemaking speaker series. Second we welcomed Barbara Goldstein in mid-May. This June, we welcome Lily Yeh to Erie as the next installment of our Placemaking Speaker Series. Lily will present to the public from 5 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, June 19 at the HO Hirt Auditorium inside the Blasco Library.
Lily Yeh is an artist and "urban alchemist" whose creative process has granted her opportunities to work with communities throughout the world who have embarked on the path to transformation and healing. She grew up in Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1963 to attend the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. As the Founder and Executive Director of The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia, Lily helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Lily founded Barefoot Artists, Inc., through which she brings the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe - facilitating participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and, preserve indigenous art and culture.
There is a documentary available for screening on Amazon Prime about Lily and her career.
Lily will speak to the ways that community-based art practices can positively impact neighborhoods and the residents that inhabit them.
Lily's keynote is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited so please register to attend in advance.