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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Friday, April 13 • 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Community Luncheon: Honoring Black America in the Public Realm Now Open

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Limited Capacity seats available

This panel offers inspiration and reflection on what a more just story about race in our public places, including parks, museums, and the built environment, can look like. Lunch included for Summit badgeholders.

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Gayle Jessup White

Community Engagement Officer, Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
Gayle Jessup White became Monticello’s first Community Engagement Officer in 2016. She is not only a direct Jefferson descendant, but also is related to two well-documented families enslaved at Monticello - the Hemingses and the Hubbards. Before joining Monticello, Gayle was a... Read More →

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Brent Leggs

Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund; Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Preservation Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation and University of Maryland
Brent Leggs is the Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund – a $25,000,000 fundraising and preservation campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A Harvard Loeb Fellow, he co-authored "Preserving African American Historic Places," which is... Read More →
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Eto Otitigbe

Eto Otitigbe recently joined the team led by Howeler and Yoon Architecture to design the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at University of Virginia.  The memorial will be a reflective gathering space that includes symbols of libation and liberation.  Otitigbe's role on the design team is focused on creating imagery for the exterior surface of the memorial that pays tribute to the enslaved laborers who were used to build UVA.  Otitigbe's design process includes historical research, community outreach, and dialogue with members of enslaved descendant communities. | | Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist.  His interdisciplinary creative practice can be experienced as sculpture, performance and installation.  He investigates issues of race, power and technology. Otitigbe's work has been in national and international exhibitions such as Topophilia, as part of the Meetings Festival in Denmark; Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, organized by the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill.  He has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, as well as in residencies at The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Austin, TX; 701 CCA, Columbia, SC; Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; and Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO. Otitigbe received public commissions for FLOW at Randall’s Island Park and the Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park.  In 2015 Otitigbe was awarded a CEC Artslink Project Award for travel to Egypt.  Otitigbe is a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow engaged in research that intersects Uhrobo language from West Africa and visual art at the National Museum of African Art. | Otitigbe earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Product Design from Stanford University and an MFA in Creative Practice at Transart Institute... Read More →
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Levar Stoney

Mayor, City of Richmond
Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city. Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a janitor. A product of Virginia public schools, he grew up on free and reduced... Read More →

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Office for Diversity and Equity

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive env... Read More →

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