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Guild to Honor Lily Yeh with 2015 National Leadership Award

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Aug 31, 2015

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is delighted to honor Lily Yeh, founder of The Village of Arts and Humanities (Philadelphia, PA) and Barefoot Artists, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), with its 2015 National Leadership Award during the Conference for Community Arts Education in Philadelphia. The award will be presented at our Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 14, 2015, between 12:30 and 2:15 pm.

The award was created in 1973 and is bestowed annually upon an individual whose work is nationally recognized as exemplifying and promoting the ideals to which the National Guild and its members are dedicated. Prior recipients of this award have included Max Roach, Jacques D’Amboise, Gigi Antoni, Dr. Billy Taylor, Tim Robbins, Anna Deavere Smith, Liz Lerman, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Joseph Gingold, David A. Baker, Jane Alexander and David Rockefeller, Jr.

This award is presented in recognition of Yeh's groundbreaking work as an artist, educator, and community leader. Her extraordinary accomplishments have provided our field, in the U.S. and beyond, with inspiration and methods for employing the arts as a tool for social justice, community building, and personal transformation. 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 of 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 multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, and Palestine.

At the 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education, Yeh, alongside her presentation at the Annual Awards Luncheon, will present a workshop entitled "Building Community Through Exploration and Play: A Workshop with Lily Yeh." During the session, Yeh will lead the group in a series of activities for developing safe and supportive spaces for people to share openly, dialogue, and create together on equal footing. Ultimately, the workshop will provide fun and unique ways to build community by honoring and cherishing each person’s creativity, listening actively, and fostering collaboration through play.

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