In this podcast, HAP Conference Coordinator Troy Scheid talks to Lindi Yeni, a longtime Young Audiences of Houston teaching artist who is now bringing arts education to at-risk children in South Africa, and Lerato Lipere, who collaborates with Lindi to bring the arts into every subject at her school.
About the speakers:
Born in South Africa, Lindi Yeni founded and served as executive director of Kuumba House, Inc., an arts organization active in Houston from 1982 - 2011. Kuumba House Dance Theater toured to Mexico and Africa, and throughout the United States, introducing audiences to South African culture. A Young Audiences of Houston teaching artist for more than 25 years, Ms. Yeni developed and delivered arts-in-education performing arts programs, curricula, workshops and residencies for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her current initiative in South Africa is Sidewalk Academy, an arts organization that focuses on at-risk youth. Ms. Yeni has received numerous awards of recognition for her community involvement. She has served on both Mayor Lee P. Brown’s and Mayor Bill White’s International Affairs and Development Council – Africa. She is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XVI in Houston, Texas.
Lerato Lipere is the Artistic Director of Amandla Dance Company. She has over 10 years of extensive performing experience worldwide, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Canada. Lerato's education included dance and social sciences (including sociology, economics, politics, and philosophy) at the University of East Anglia, The University College London, and London Contemporary Dance School. She gained an apprenticeship with Tavaziza Dance Company and went on to perform with many other groups. In 2012, she was named Best Dancer of the Year by South Africa's KZN Dancelink, in recognition of her ethic of service, honesty/honor commitment, and devotion to the arts.