[gha] Re: Invisible Is Now Visible

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Barefoot Artists, Inc." <Barefoot_Artists_Inc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:03:59 +0400

Dear Lily,


With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005;
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org

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  From: Barefoot Artists, Inc., Barefoot_Artists_Inc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 12 июня 2014 г., 19:59:00
  Subject: [gha] Invisible Is Now Visible

Dear GHA friends,

The Twa are visible now!
Since 2011 when Barefoot Artists worked with the Twa people in Rugerero, 
Rwanda, the community has grown their pottery production. A government energy 
agency is now partnering with them to make a special economic stove, which uses 
only one wood stick. The Twa villagers have extended their workspace and 
constructed a new kiln for the purpose. The production of the new stove helps 
to stabilize their income. See more photographs of the new additions to the 
pottery project at this link.
"When Barefoot Artists helped the Twa to construct their Pottery Center along a 
major highway with the beautiful mosaics and mural, it made the Twa visible. 
Their lives have been transformed.”  

--Jean Bosco Musana, former Red Cross Regional Director

In May 2014, Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Executive Director of Muhammad Ali Institute 
for Peace and Justice, along with a group of young Ali Scholars on their 
International Learning Journey to Rwanda and Uganda visited Rugerero Survivors 
Village and the Genocide Memorial Park.


The Taiwan Project
Barefoot Artists Director Lily Yeh revisited Chong An village of indigenous Ah 
Mei people, with whom she collaborated in the previous two years to bring 
colors and vitality to the village. She realized soon that there are conflicts 
within the community. It makes the continuation of the Chong An transformation 
project difficult. She established the Community Harmony Committee. The four 
members are charged with the mission to turn conflicts into harmony. 


A Great Masters’ Series Presentation at National Taiwan Arts University

Lily Yeh’s 2014 presentation at the National Taiwan Arts University was called 
“Art, Healing, and Community Building.” Students commented that, “we wish that 
your method can be widely practiced in Taiwan. Many communities need healing 
and revitalization.”


Inspiring Women Summit

This interview is part of the Inspiring Women Summit, a global teleseries where 
you can learn from some of the most potent speakers, artists, activists and 
visionaries about how to lead an extraordinary life. For more information, 
please visit http://inspiringwomensummit.com.


Philadelphia Inquirer Review of The Barefoot Artist Movie

By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer on May 16, 2014
Lily Yeh folds her hands on the small dining table in her tiny Philadelphia 
townhouse, drops her forehead to her ropy knuckles, and weeps.
It is not unusual to see Yeh, 73, overcome with feeling. Since cofounding the 
Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia in 1989, she has made it 
her mission to bring creativity and art to broken communities. More often than 
not, she grieves for others’ pain and finds joy in their successes.
Her tears this time, however, are not for the neglected children of drug 
addicts in the city, or victims of genocide in Rwanda, or orphans in China, or 
the poor in Kenya, Palestinian areas, Ecuador, and India – all of whom have 
moved and inspired her.
No, this time, the pain is personal.

Follow this link to read the entire article.

The Barefoot Artist on DVD

This feature length documentary explores two sides of Lily Yeh’s life that are 
connected parts of the same journey: her international ventures helping to heal 
weakened spirits in communities in North America, Africa, China, and India, and 
a personal journey within, to repair her own fractured family. To embrace the 
latter, Lily embarks on a trip to China to trace her father’s life, in hopes of 
resolving life-long guilt that was passed from father to daughter. Get the DVD.


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