The Dudley Memorial Lecture 2014

Awakening Creativity: An Evening with Lily Yeh

Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

FREE. Pre-registration encouraged.


"Because she is a builder of communities through art; Because she understands beauty is not optional, but is a strategy for survival; Because she takes that which is broken—a piece of tile, a village, a human heart, and listens to what it has to say and then begins the process of engagement; Because through engagement, she inspires; Because through inspiration, she acts; Because through action, transformation occurs; Because through transformation, vibrant communities are created through loving participation…” –Terry Tempest Williams, author and conservationist


Lily Yeh

Photo Credit: Jiping Chang

Known for her unique methodology using the arts as a tool for community building and personal transformation, Lily Yeh has built a distinguished career, one that spans the globe. As an artist, teacher, community activist, and global citizen, Yeh, founder of both The Village of Arts and Humanities and Barefoot Artists,  has completed community-driven projects in North Philadelphia, China, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, and Ecuador, to name a few. Working with local communities, artists, and volunteers, Yeh’s projects demonstrate that artists can create the foundation for profound social change. As the 2014 Dudley Family Lecturer, Yeh shares stories from her inspiring work at the intersection of art and life. Following the talk, signs copies of her book, Awakening Creativity.

The Dudley Memorial Lecture was established in 1984 by Robert Whittier Dudley, and their six children to commemorate and perpetuate Argentina’s life’s work and interests. In keeping with her vision, the objective of the program is to provide memorable and enriching cultural experiences. For more information on the Dudley Lecture, please visit

The Dudley family established in 1984 this endowment fund to secure in perpetuity the annual Dudley Memorial lecture, a program which provides memorable and enriching cultural experiences to diverse audiences.

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