A Collaborative Ethnography of
Leadership for Social Change: The Village of
Arts and Humanities 2004-2005
Security screen on Germantown
Avenue, designed by
teens from Cookman United Methodist Church,
painted by graffiti artist Pose II. Photo by
In 2003, Philadelphia artist and activist Lily
Yeh received a Ford Foundation Leadership for a
Changing World Award for her work at the Village
of Arts and Humanities, which she founded in
North Philadelphia twenty years ago. Yeh applied
to NYU for an ethnography, which the CFE
conducted. Rosina Miller, then a graduate
student in the Program in Folklore and Folklife,
undertook fieldwork in the community with Mary
Hufford during a year-long planning effort for
urban renewal, entitled "Shared Prosperity."
With New York University, the CFE published a
monograph by Mary Hufford and Rosina Miller,
"Piecing Together the Fragments: An Ethnography
of Leadership for Social Change in North Central
Philadelphia 2004-2005" downloadable here.
A condensed version of the monograph is
downloadable in English
and in Spanish.
Rosina Miller's dissertation, "Performing the
Urban Village: Art, Placemaking, and Cultural
Politics in North Central Philadelphia," (2005)
is a more in-depth study of the Village and the
work of Shared Prosperity.
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