Vanessa R. Vaughan
Community Outreach Strategist
“My lived experience in the Arts has led to my unwavering commitment to inclusive cultural spaces. Full and equitable participation is life-affirming - everyone needs to feel valued, regardless of their culture and ability. I am thrilled to jump on board with the HearVue team, as its mission perfectly dovetails with my passion.”
Vanessa, born in Toronto, is an artist who divides her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Special Honors degree from York University specializing in Studio Art, Art History, Film and the Humanities.
Her art reflects a vivid, bold and visually rich world inspired from growing up on an island in the Muskoka Lakes region of Canada. She has taught art workshops in Toronto, Los Angeles and in New York City, where she lived for several years. Vanessa spearheaded the first integrated Art and Sign Studio for Deaf and Hearing children at the renowned Avenue Road Arts School, bringing children from different cultures together in a creative Art and ASL environment. She also moonlights on the side as an ASL Coach.
Vanessa has freelanced for various art departments, performed in film and television, and written and directed short films. She co-starred with Kiefer Sutherland in Crazy Moon (1987), was nominated for a Gemini Award in The Sound and The Silence (1991), and performed in the Academy Award-winning film, Away from Her (2006), directed by Canadian Sarah Polley. And if all that wasn’t enough, she also provides public relations services to various sectors.