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Opening Reception for "CRAVING LIGHT: The Museum of Love & Reckoning"

Join ArtsConnect in celebrating a new body of work by world-renowned citizen artist vanessa german in commemoration of Brown v Board at 70.


Opening Reception for "CRAVING LIGHT: The Museum of Love & Reckoning"


Washburn University

1700 SW College Ave

Topeka, Topeka 66621

Dates and Times

May 16, 2024 06:30 PM to May 16, 2024 08:00 PM

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You are invited to be one of the first to see a new exhibit of sculptural works by citizen artist vanessa german as they open to the public for the first time at the Rita Blitt Gallery on the campus of Washburn University.

"CRAVING LIGHT" along with a spoken word operetta entitled "THE WAY OF LIGHT" are presented in commemoration of the Brown v. Board case decision on its 70th anniversary. These works contend with the complexities, traumas and triumphs of Brown and have been created through communal conversation, co-creation workshops, and inspired generative responses to a series of artfully structured prompts, thought experiments and communal object offerings.

This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. There will be refreshments provided along with a cash bar. For more information about the project, please visit

This project is possible thanks to the generosity of spirit offered by so many in the Topeka community. It is also possible thatnks to the financial support of the following businesses and individuals: National Endowment for the Arts, Visit Topeka, Inc., Washburn University, the Mulvane Art Museum, Security Benefit, FHLBank Topeka, Bartlett & West Engineers, the Brown v. Board National Historical Park, Don & Edie Snethen, the Kansas Arts Commission, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Please note that there will be a invitation-only reception for those who have participated in the creation of the artwork and who have helped fund the project that will begin at 5:30p. If you have participated in the project in this way, please check your email for more information.