Ile Ife Mural’s 30th Anniversary
Cheers to nostalgia!
The Village of Arts and Humanities (The Village) has been building community-art relations in Philadelphia, PA for over 30 years! The Village is a multifaceted arts organization dedicated to community building through the arts.
In 1986 Lily Yeh began the design and painted a three-story mural “Ile Ife Guardian Mural” with a mythic owl beaming rainbow colored light and life to plants, fish, and animals under its gigantic wings.
The Village today, continues to be a vibrant force of creativity and a deep sense of rootedness.
More information about The Village can be found here.
Ile Ife Park site at 10th St & Germantown Ave in 1986
New Project Announcement in Florida
The Village today, continues to be a presence of creativity and jubilance
From August 10-15, 2017 the Barefoot Artist Organization will visit West Palm Beach, Florida to initiate the Sun Set Park Project (working title, named because of the one time beloved Sunset Lounge filled with jazz and fun). By collaborating with the city’s redevelopment team and Jon Ward, the park’s Community Redevelopment Area Executive Director, we plan to transform the park into a community influenced public space.
More updates to come as the project develops!
Skibbereen Arts Festival 2017 in Ireland
The Barefoot Artist film is screening at the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2017!
Skibbereen Arts Festival
August 1, 2017
More details here.
Art is everywhere in West Cork, Ireland in the scenery, in the people and in the atmosphere.
During the Skibbereen Arts Festival Wests Cork becomes one big art gallery with a world-class programme of music, film, theatre, exhibitions, poetry, installations, workshops, walks, talks and a spectacular 1970s street disco. This year it celebrates the arts as a positive force in areas of conflict around the world and in the field of mental health. We also focus on national and local history and of course ‘disco’!
Maryland Institute College of Art Visit
“It was a privilege for me to hear their voices and feel their inspiration.” -Lily Yeh
(March 7, 2017) Lily Yeh’s visit first and second year students at the graduate program of Community Arts at MICA. The students are mature, committed, smart, and creative! They will walk into society as torches of light fueled by the knowledge, disciplines and purpose from the faculty and classmates of their department and mission of MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art.
Back to Blackfeet
In June 2017, the Barefoot Artist organization is heading back to the Blackfeet Reservation. Lily Yeh is the visiting artist; she will be working with students in Heart Butte High School Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, MO.
Coming April 2017
Student art from 2016 Blackfeet reservation visit
Mei Hwa Transformation Project Phase III
Mei Hwa Transformation Project 2016
In Daxi, Taiwan the Mei Hwa Elementary School will be entering phase III of the Mei Hwa Transformation Project this April. Learn more about the project here.
In Gao Hsung, Taiwan the Barefoot Artist organization will be working with Zi Zhu Ling Shi and communities on art and mural design.
‘We’re still here:’ Artists seek to restore pride, color in Blackfeet lives
HEART BUTTE – There’s a beauty in this Blackfeet reservation town that a sunrise on the Rocky Mountain Front can only match.
It has to do with the proud, fierce and buffalo-rich lords of the plains, their horses and guns and a way of life that once seemed like it would last forever.
But it has to do too with terrible things – smallpox infestations, a massacre on the Marias in 1870, the Starvation Winter of 1883-84, the devastating flood of 1964, the fire that forced evacuation of Heart Butte just two summers ago.
And it has to do with Heart Butte itself, rising stark behind Heart Butte School but hidden from the rest of town. With enough prompting, Jeremiah Hinkle will tell you why.
An soft-spoken high school junior, Hinkle was thinking about that very thing as he rode the bus to school last week at daybreak.
“I don’t really think about what happened on the mountain,” said Hinkle, who sports glasses, a mustache and a goatee. “It’s more a respect for the mountain, a respect for nature.”
In this century the Southern Pikunni huddle here in wooden houses, at a time of year when their ancestors would have been settling in for the winter on the Teton River around Choteau. The arctic winds don’t blow so hard down there.
“A lot of the culture we had came from nature,” Hinkle said. “We learned how to hunt like a wolf, watched how they hunt together in a pack as a team. We got our shelter from buffalo. We learned how to be sly from the coyote.
“That respect for nature. … It can be powerful. It can be peaceful.”
Those are words to cling to for Sally Thompson and Lily Yeh.
Thompson is an anthropologist from Missoula who has spent much of the past 30 years studying the rich textures of Blackfeet society. She’s convinced that the best way to come to grips with the poverty, substance abuse and hopelessness so prevalent on the reservation is for the people themselves to come to grips with that proud and terrible past.
Yeh is all in.
The diminutive artist was born in China but has spent most of her life in the United States, when she’s not globe-trotting to some of the most destitute and broken outposts in the world. She is a global superstar at what she does, helping communities transform the bleak and ugly into monuments of color and beauty.
And Yeh, who lives in Philadelphia, has the Blackfeet Reservation firmly in her sights.
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