Training Workshops and Community Events

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference: People, Place, Purpose

March 2020 – Winston-Salem, NC

Thomas brings the Family Pictures USA methodology to the NCNG 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference. At the event, he gives a keynote presentation on the impact of family photographs, is in dialogue with Charles Thomas, the head of the Knight Foundation, and leads a Community Photoshare workshop with attendees. 

Thomas, Ret Boney, Charles Thomas, and Joy Vermillion
Thomas, Ret Boney, Charles Thomas, and Joy Vermillion
Group photosharing
Group photosharing
Group photosharing
Group photosharing

Group photosharing
Group photosharing

FRANK Conference 2020

February 4-7, 2020 – Gainesville, FL

Thomas gives talks on “Awe” and “Love” at the 2020 Frank Conference in Gainesville, FL. He delves into how Family Pictures USA grew out of his own intimate documentary films, and also leads a Community Photoshare where a group of strangers become a joyful family.

Thomas gives his talk on AWE
Thomas gives his talk on AWE
CPS on stage
CPS on stage
Community photo-sharing!
Community photo-sharing!

Community photo-sharing!
Community photo-sharing!

Florida Philanthropic Network 2020 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy

February 13, 2020 – Orlando, FL

In February, 2020, Thomas travels to Orlando, Florida, to teach summit attendees about why family photographs are essential for building community. Thomas has a discussion with special guests from the surrounding area and leads a Community Photoshare where members of FPN are encouraged to share their beloved family photographs and stories with those around them.

University of Brasilia

October 21, 2019 – Brasilia, Brazil

In October, 2019, Thomas visits the Federal University of Brasilia, where he leads a keynote at the “Plural Knowledge: The Social Relevance of the Public University” Conference as well as a multi-day Family Pictures USA Community Photoshare event with students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community.