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Ashley Hawkins is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Studio Two Three (S23), a non-profit workspace that provides artists the tools, space, and resources to build successful careers. From humble beginnings, Studio Two Three has grown into a 13,000 square foot facility, offering over 100 artists with 24/7 access, thousands of students with art education, a retail store featuring art by Richmond artists, and S23 To-Go, a mobile printmaking studio styled after an ice cream truck. The RVA community has embraced  In her heartfelt talk, Ashley shared her perspective on creativity being a fight against death and loss: "I think the bravest choice we can make is to live a creative life, and make the sacrifices that it entails.

Venue: Studio Two Three  |  Videography: Filmspire  |  Photography: Keith Nixon