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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, and
painted by graffiti artist Pose II. Photo by Mary Hufford

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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