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Keynote Talk: Superstar Artist Vanessa German

Vanessa German is not only one of America’s most exciting and outstanding visual and performing artists working today. She’s also the founder of Love Front Porch, a community arts initiative in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. At Tom Tom, she’ll share about the intersection of her internationally renowned fine artwork and her community work. It’s a don’t-miss discussion of the arts’ power to transform lives—and cities.

Thursday, April 11 at 12:00pm at The Jefferson Theater General Admission: $25 – This ticket includes a boxed lunch.

Presented in Partnership with The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

NOTE: Included in the Creative Ecosystems Conference ticket, All Access badge, and Patron badge


As a citizen artist, Vanessa German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. German’s fine artwork has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Mattress Factory, Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Studio Museum, Ringling Museum of Art, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the 2017 Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2018 United States Artist Grant, and the 2018 Don Tyson Prize.



Learn More about the Creative Ecosystems Conference & the Summit

The Creative Ecosystem Conference is a daylong meeting of the minds on Thursday, April 11 for arts administrators, curators, artists, and supporters from the Mid Atlantic and beyond. Focused on fostering productive alliances, this event will demystify how small organizations with limited resources can achieve outsized impact for the artists and communities that they serve. The Conference is part of the multi-day 2019 Tom Tom Summit, whose theme is “Building Better Hometowns.”



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