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Create Virginia An Arts and Business Conference For Creatives

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Create Lynchburg, rebranded as Create Virginia, returns to the Academy Center of the Arts on March 30, 2019, with Keynote Speaker Lulu Miller of NPR’s Invisibilia!

Create Virginia is an arts and business conference that gives artists and makers opportunities to learn from one another and from state and national experts about how to build and grow sustainable arts-based ventures.

Additional speakers include:

  • Elise Spontarelli of Vector Space

  • Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts

  • Janet Starke of Virginia Commission for the Arts

  • Marc Wilson of Virginia Small Business Development Center

  • Karena J. Heyward of Southern New Hampshire University

  • Charese Chambers of Financial Fancy

  • Joy Peterson Heyrman of Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

  • Christina Garnett of Marketing Media Maven

  • and more!

Also included this year is a Friday Open Studio Tour at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) where one of the world’s leading working artist retreats in Amherst will open its doors for a rare look into the studios of writers, visual artists, and composers. Attendees will be welcome to visit the studios of select Fellows in residence and talk to them about their work and the creative process. An Opening Reception will follow.

Early bird tickets are on sale now! For more information or to see a schedule, visit


Academy Center of the Arts






March 30


9:00am - 5:30pm



Academy Center of the Arts

Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse


519 Commerce Street (+Google Maps)