Workshops & Presentations

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Keynote Speaker, “Urban Alchemy, Community Transformation Through Art”, Teachers College Columbia University Symposium Shaping Priorities: The Arts and Community Engagement, New York (March 7, 2020) (Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Speaker, “Transdisciplinary Art,” at Being Transdisciplinary, The ATLAS International Conference,  University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania ( June 4 2018)

Presentation and workshop at Terry Tempest Williams’ class “Grief,” Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA (2018)

Barefoot ArtistKeynote Speaker, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN (March 20-21, 2018)

Keynote Speaker, Teachers College Columbia University Symposium Community as Educator: Art’s Potentialities for Re-Shaping the World, New York (November 10, 2017)

Barefoot ArtistKeynote Speaker, Beyond Looking 2017 – Art Educators of New Jersey, Long Branch, NJ (Oct 1-3, 2017)

Barefoot ArtistKeynote Speaker, State of the Arts 2017, Jacksonville, FL (August 30, 2017)

Commencement Speaker and receiving an Honorary Doctor Degree, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME (May 13, 2017)

Receiving an Honorary Doctor Degree, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD (May 15, 2017)

Studio visit with the 1st and 2nd year thesis students, MFA in Community Arts program, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (March 7, 2017)

Keynote Speaker, “John Whitney Payson Keynote PresentationConvening Culture Conference, Gainesville, Florida (2017)

Keynote Speaker, “Make It Happen,” Penn Art Ed Association (PAEA) Conference, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (2016)

Speaker, “Beauty, Peace, Resistance: Barefoot Artists in Palestine” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick and St. Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill, Maine, sponsored by Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Maine Chapter (2016)

Speaker, Eve Talk, and workshop leader at Women’s Voices, Women’s Visions Symposium, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2015)

Let’s Get Engaged, Delaware Arts Summit, Lily Yeh, Keynote Speaker (October 26, 2015)

Community Forum on Arts & Parks, Lily Yeh is a panelist at this event in Philadlephia at the Please Touch Museum (October 22, 2015)

Dare To Imagine, Louiseville, KY, Workshop with Lily Yeh at Muhammed Ali Center (October 12, 2015)

enicottEndicott College, at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, The Barefoot Artist documentary screening, Beverly, Massachusetts (February 27, 2015)

La Cultura Cura /Culture Cures, residency, working with cultural leaders, Albuquerque, NM (2014)

Keynote speaker, “Creating Sustainable Society,” Gendered Planet: Ethics, Ecology, and Equity conference, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, WI (2014)

Speaker, “Art as a Spiritual Practice,” in Creating Global Happiness: Wisdom, Compassion, Cross Disciplinary Borders, Service International Symposium (共創全球幸福: 智慧‧慈悲‧跨界‧服務) 國際研討,Taichung, Taiwan (2014)

Speaker, “Art, Healing, and Building Communities (藝術, 愈傷,與社區建設),” at National Taidong Art University, Taidong, Taiwan (2014)

The Parkland Youth Rising Project, residency, speaking and workshops with elementary, middle school, college students, community residents, Louisville, KY (2014)

Speaker, “The Power of Art in Transforming Society,” at The ATLAS (Transdisciplinary-Transnational – Transcultural) International Conference, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan (2014)

Laemmle NOHO7laemmle 2, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening, Los Angeles, California (December18-24, 2014)

IFC 2IFC Center, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening, New York, NY (December 05-11, 2014)

Ccorcoran_logoorcoran Gallery of Art, Lily Yeh will be the 2014 Dudley Family Lecturer, Washington, D.C. (May 12, 2014)

sama_logoSociety of American Mosaic Artists Conference, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening, Houston, Texas (May 2, 2014)

nmwa_logoNational Museum of Women in the Arts, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening, Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2014)

arcadia_logoArcadia University, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening, Glenside, PA (March 20, 2014)

concordia_logo Concordia University, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening followed by a Q&A with Lily Yeh, Glenn Holsten & Daniel Traub, Montreal, Canada (March 2, 2014)

uwc_logoUnited World College, Youth Conference, Lily Yeh keynote speaker, New Mexico (January 31– February 2, 2014)

gms_logo Greater Milwaukee Synod, “Going Past Safe” conference, Lily Yeh keynote speaker, Milwaukee, WI (January 12–14, 2014)

foxbay_logoFox Bay Cinema Grill, The Barefoot Artist documentary screening, Whitefish, WI (January 12, 2014)

tedx_logo TedxCornell, Presentation by Lily Yeh, Ithaca, NY (November 17, 2013)

cinemapolis_logo Cinemapolis, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening followed by a Q&A with Lily Yeh, Ithaca, NY (November 16, 2013)

iamhereseries_logo i Am Here Series, Mexico City, Mexico, 11/7/13 – 11/8/13

mcdonogh_logo McDonogh School, Lily Yeh presentation, Baltimore, MD, 10/24/13

distinguished_daughters_logo Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, Lily Yeh is a 2013 honoree, Harrisburg, PA, 10/16/13

carmel_logo Carmel Art & Film Festival, The Barefoot Artist documentary film screening, Carmel, CA, 10/10/13

china_logo Story-telling & Public Art Project with Ah Mei Tribe, Taidong, Taiwan, 8/22/13 – 9/5/13

haystack_logoHaystack Summer Conference, Haystack, VT, 7/7/13 – 7/11/13

the_village_logoReturn to The Village,
Philadelphia, PA, July 2013

ky_logo Commemoration of Race Riots, Parkland area in Louisville, KY, 5/13/13 – 5/19/13

albuquerque_logo Youth Making a Difference: Intercultural Collaborative Leadership, Albuquerque, NM, 4/26/13 – 5/4/13

bam_thumbScreening of The Barefoot Artist Movie, Gisenyi, Rwanda, 3/18/13 – 4/11/13

duke_logoAcross The Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing, Duke University Dance Program, Residency, 2/26/13 – 3/2/13

u_of_w_madison_logoUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, Residency, 2/3/13 – 2/17/13

BLE_logo_redThe Big Learning Event Kickoff Reception, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2/7/13

40th Annual International AEE Conference, Association for Experiential Education, Madison, WI, 2012, Keynote Speaker, “How Experiential Learning Can Transform Our Minds & Our Society”

i Am Here Series, Monterrey, Mexico, 2012, Speaker, “Beauty of Being: Finding Your Own Path”

Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance, St. Edwards University, Austin Texas, 2012, Speaker, “Building Community Through Art”

Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2012, With Rob Shetterly (AWTT), Difficult Dialogues: Art and Agency

Yakima, WA, 2012, Visiting Artist and Activist looking at the city’s problem with development, immigration and gang problems

World Affairs Council of Oregon, Portland, OR, 2012, Speaker, “Awakening Creativity in Broken Places”

Balata Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine, 2012, Visiting Artist, Activist & Speaker, “The Power of Art in Transforming Mind and Society”

Center for Transformative Action 40th Anniversary, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2011, Keynote Speaker, “Creativity, Transformation & A Shared Prosperity”

The Third Worldwide Conference, Encuentro Mundial de Valores (Worldwide Meeting on Human Values), Monterrey, Mexico, Plenary Speaker, “Reshaping Our Social Order Through Creativity”

East-Central Africa Arts & Health Forum, Kigali, Rwanda, 2011, Speaker, “The Rwanda Healing Project”

National Normal University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2011, Speaker, “To Reconnect The Broken, To Heal The Wounded & To Make The Invisible Visible”

The Big Learning Event, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011, Speaker, “Awakening Creativity”

Bioneers ConferenceBioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA, 2011, Panel Speaker, “Participatory Public Art: Community Healing & Transformation”

Art & Healing: The Intersection of Practice Conference, RISD, Providence, RI, 2011, Speaker, “Art & Healing”

Metta Center for Nonviolence, Petaluma, CA, 2011, Speaker, “Art For Peace”

The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Talmage, CA, 2011, Speaker, “Compassionate Living Social Sculpture”

The ATLAS Annual International Conference, Georgetown, TX, 2010, Speaker, “Creating Sustainable Society”

8th Annual BALLE Conference (BALLE), Charleston, SC, 2010, Plenary and Panel Speaker, “Art, Music & Culture for a Thriving Local Living Economy”

Annual International Conference of Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), Dallas, TX, 2010, Speaker, “Building Sustainable Community with Art, Economic Initiatives & Technology”

Cleveland Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, 2010, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader, “Building Community Through the Arts”

Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2010, Keynote Speaker, “Awakening Creativity – The Transformation of Dandelion School”

Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Ladakh, India, Speaker and Workshop Leader, “Learning Through Creating”

Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, 2010, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader, “Art & Social Change”

CEOs for Cities in Chicago, National Livability Expert, Livability Challenge
Forum/Working Session, Indianapolis, ID, 2010

Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA, 2009, Plenary Speaker, The Rwanda Healing Project: Bringing Hope Through Art & Creative Action”

New Voices National Fellowship Retreat, Santa Fe, NM, 2009, Panel Speaker, “Bridging Arts & Activism”

Mountain West Conference on the Arts, Sponsored by Utah Arts Council, Utah, 2009, Keynote Speaker, “Healing & Community Building Through Creative Action,” Workshop Leader, “Creating the Mural: Art as a Catalyst for Community Revitalization”

Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2009, Speaker, “The Power of Art in Building Harmonious Society”

Regional Conference for Art Teachers, Mien Yang, Sichuan, 2009, Keynote Speaker, “The Power of Art in Healing & Community Building”

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2009, Speaker, “The transformative Power of Art in Healing & Community Building”

11th SDPS Transdisciplinary Conference on Integrated Systems, Design & Process Science, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan, 2008, Keynote Speaker, “Building Community Through Art, Technology & Economic Initiatives”

Lest We Forget: Conference on Rwandan Genocide, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2008, Speaker, “The Rwanda Healing Project”

Art at the Hub: A Symposium on Making Art Locally, Toronto Arts Council Foundation, Toronoto, Canada, 2008, Keynote Speaker, “Enlivening Neighborhoods Through Arts”

Society for the Arts in Healthcare, 17th National Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, Keynote Speaker, “Art & Community Health”

BRIDGES Conference, A Museum/Community Partnership Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, Keynote Speaker, “Building Family & Community through Art”

Mount Aloysius College, PA, 2008, Speaker, “Art & Social Activism”

Compton Foundation Family Advisory Board Retreat, Commonweal, CA, 2008, Speaker, “Transformation Through Art”

City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Talmage, CA, 2008, Speaker, “Reflections of a Barefoot Artist: Bringing Healing, Self-Empowerment & Social Change Thought The Arts”

Dandelion School Symposium, Beijing, China, 2008, Speaker, “Centering & Deep Rooting Through The Arts”

Towson University, MD, 2007, Speaker, “Creativity, Campus life and Community”

ODDA’s Downtown Solutions 25th Anniversary Conference, Astoria, OR, 2007, Keynote Speaker, “From Personal Transformation to Shared Prosperity”

Building Peaceful Communities Through The Arts Conference, Shanti Foundation for Peace, Chicago, IL, 2007, Keynote Speaker, “The Transformative Power of Art”

Exhibition & Symposium on Rwandan Genocide & Healing, Louisville, KY, 2007, Speaker, “The Rwanda Healing Project”

Wachovia Annual Celebration, Philadelphia, PA, 2007, Keynote Speaker, “Creative Community Building”

The Honors College at the University of Maine, Orono, ME, 2006, The 2006 John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics, “Beauty, Ethics, & Community Building”

Texas Commission on the Arts Annual Conference, Austin, TX, 2006, Keynote Speaker, “Art and Social Activism”

Essentials of a Creative Economy Workshop II, Reconnecting People Through Media and Urban Resources, Springfield, OH, 2006, Keynote Speaker, “Creating Resources Through Art”

The Center for Human Services Conference, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2006, Keynote Speaker, “Building Harmonious Community Through Art”

Abuse Across the Lifespan Annual Conference, Ventura County Partnership for Safe Families & Communities, Ventura, CA, 2006, Keynote Speaker, “Healing & Reconnecting through Art”

Jackson Hole, WY, Speaker, “The Rwanda Healing Project”

Teng Chong Vocational High School, Teng Chong, Yunnan, China, Speaker, “Creating Resources through Innovation and Action”

Women Scholars Group Speaker Series, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada, 2006, Speaker, “How the Arts Change and Sustain Communities”

Design’s Diaspora: A Landscape Architecture Symposium, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, Davis, CA, 2005, Speaker, “A Sense of Place”

Through the Looking Glass, Finding the Gold Within: A Fine Arts Networking Conference, Utah State Office of Education & Utah Arts Council, Layton, Utah, 2005, Keynote Speaker, “Learning Through Creating”

Qing Hua University, Beijing, China, 2005, Speaker, “The Transformative Power of Art”

Taipei on the Move II Conference, Taiwan, 2005, Speaker

David P. Gardner Graduate Lecture in the Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2005

Southern Utah University, Cedar, UT, 2005,

Partners for Arts Education Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY, 2005, Keynote Speaker, “Community Activism Through Arts Education”

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2005, Speaker, “Art+Local Economic Development”

Download Lily Yeh’s CV for Workshop and Presentation listings from 1994 – 2004.

“How do we find the strength to move forward and I would say that be patient and listen, in those moments life has important lessons to tell us.” —Lily Yeh, i Am Here Series, Monterrey, Mexico, 2012
Lily Yeh conducting an Awakening Creativity workshop in Teng Chong, Yunnan Province, China
50 teachers and students in Teng Chong, Yunnan Province, China experience the process of expressing themselves, exploring creativity through sound, movement, making art and working together.
“I think we all have the power to change our world if we just take action.” —Lily Yeh, The Big Learning Event, 2011
In January 2012, Robert Shetterly and Lily Yeh visited St. Edward´s University in Austin, Texas as guests of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance. During that time, Robert and Lily had the chance to speak with the KLRU Collective, a program of Austin´s public television station, KLRU
“It’s not just in Yakima alone, it’s everywhere. So the broken places, abandoned land, the problem places, that’s our new frontier, and we need to treat it as potential resources.” —Lily Yeh, Yakima, WA, 2012

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