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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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Monday, April 9
 

5:00pm

Salsa Showcase
Speakers

Monday April 9, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Tuesday, April 10
 

6:00pm

Community Workshop: A Brief History of Purple
Limited Capacity seats available
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This workshop explores answers on the question: why the color purple is not a real color? based on scientific facts and history. Attendees are encouraged to tell a story about the color purple and their interaction with it in the nature.We will use our shared knowledge and experiences to create art solely with this amazing color and its complements.

Image by photographer, Kyle Petrozza.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Golara Haghtalab

Golara Haghtalab

Artist & Management Consultant


Tuesday April 10, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Wednesday, April 11
 

6:00pm

Community Workshop: Exploring the Art of Partner Dancing
Limited Capacity seats available
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Are you curious about the world of partner dance?
Do you know what makes social, ballroom, and theater partner dance so distinct and beautiful?
Join Edwin Roa, for a quick exploration on the world of couple’s dance.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Edwin Roa

Edwin Roa

Artist-in-Residence, Zabor Dance
Founder of The Dance Spot and Co-founder of the Charlottesville Salsa Club, Edwin O. Roa is native of Bogota, Colombia who moved to the US in 1995. He has been teaching dance for over 20 years, and has devoted his career to the study of partner dance. He currently works as an adjunct... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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8:00pm

An Evening with John Cleese
Limited Capacity seats available
Included in All Access Badge - Presale OR  Patron Badge.

Individual tickets can be purchased here. 
In a special engagement with UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), meet the man behind Monty Python in a once-in-a-lifetime evening. John Cleese, known for his comical performances and stellar stand-up incorporating physical comedy, is bringing his perception and shticks to Tom Tom with thanks to DOPS.

Speakers
avatar for John Cleese

John Cleese

Founder, Monty Python
Monty Python icon, actor, author, playwright, Minister of the Silly Walk, and black humor extraordinaire has had a prolific career since the 1960s, continuously pushing boundaries in entertainment, and challenging audiences in the way they think and laugh.  

Sponsors
avatar for Division of Perceptual Studies

Division of Perceptual Studies

Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is the oldest and most productive university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy – including... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902
 
Thursday, April 12
 

10:30am

ICA and RVA: Creating a Cultural Landmark
Limited Capacity seats available
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Ten days before its opening, join Institute for Contemporary Art Advisory Board Co-Chair and Obama Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes in a one-on-one with NEA’s Michael Orlove about the vision for VCU’s ambitious addition to Richmond's cultural landscape. 

Moderators
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Michael Orlove

Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities, International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts
Michael Orlove has been Director of Artists Communities, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works and International Activities for the National Endowment for the Arts since 2012. Previously, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Co-Director, Democracy Initiative & Professor of Practice, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Melody Barnes is co-director for Policy and Public Affairs for the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia. She is a Professor of Practice at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and Distinguished Fellow at the School of Law.From 2009 until January 2012, Melody was Assistant... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. We work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations... Read More →
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RVA MAG

RVA Magazine is the #1 Independent Media in Virginia. RVA Mag is all about community empowerment. How do we do this? By delivering new and innovative ways to tell stories from our city and Commonwealth. In doing so, we give our readers an immersive experience which lives at the intersection... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

4:00pm

Community Workshop: How to Take a 360 Photo
Limited Capacity seats available
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Have you heard of 360 photos or Google Cardboards? Do you want to start taking them yourself? Darius Nabors has taken over 1,000 360 photos in National Parks all across the country. Come to this session to see a bunch of 360 photos and learn how to take them yourself with your phone

Workshop Leaders
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Darius Nabors

Freelance Photographer, n/a

5:00pm

Salsa Dance for Equality
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Social Dance is taking over Central Place! Come, make new friends, enjoy the music, and learn some new moves with us. Bring your friends and enjoy a great night out dancing, right on the Downtown Mall.

Artists
avatar for Zabor Dancers

Zabor Dancers

Zabor is a teaching method based on the integration of multiple perspectives of partner dance instruction which I consider to be equally important to the proper development and formation of a great dancer. I place just as much emphasis on understanding history, musicality, and the... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Place 5254, 201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Friday, April 13
 

10:00am

Community Workshop: Handmade Paper
Limited Capacity full
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Join David Joo for a hands-on introduction and demonstration in hand papermaking. After exploring the history and practices surrounding paper in Western and Eastern traditions, attendees will get to try their hand at fiber processing and pulping as well as forming and drying sheets!

Workshop Leaders

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11:00am

Art Demo: Live Illustration with Andrew Stronge
Learn how to sketch and ink an illustration, within a fixed time frame, with City Art Bus co-finalist, Andrew Stronge. Observe artistic technique from an illustration pro, as well as practical knowledge like how to focus under deadlines.

Artists
avatar for Andrew Stronge

Andrew Stronge

Artist-in-Residence, Stronge Designs
Andrew Stronge is a commercial artist and graphic illustrator based in Charlottesville, VA, with over 10 years of experience in the screen printing industry. Though not all of his work is screen printed, the stylistic nature of production has heavily influenced how he has grown as... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Andrew Stronge

Andrew Stronge

Artist-in-Residence, Stronge Designs
Andrew Stronge is a commercial artist and graphic illustrator based in Charlottesville, VA, with over 10 years of experience in the screen printing industry. Though not all of his work is screen printed, the stylistic nature of production has heavily influenced how he has grown as... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 11:00am - 6:00pm
Telegraph Art & Comics 211 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Art, Fantasy, and Mystery: Meow Wolf
Limited Capacity seats available
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Founders Luncheon: Art, Fantasy, and Mystery

OR

All Access Badge.

OR

Patron Badge
Vince Kadlubek is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meow Wolf, the exciting immersive art installation in Santa Fe that has attracted attention from around the world. He created the business plan that brought life to the House of Eternal Return.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Kadlubek

Vincent Kadlubek

Founder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and the CEO of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into a remarkable, award-winning Arts Production Company. Vince is passionate about alternative realities and immersive storytelling.

Sponsors
avatar for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. We work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations... Read More →
avatar for WHURK

WHURK

Whurk publishes a free monthly magazine dedicated to Virginia's creative communities. A fierce supporter of independent culture since 2013, it features interviews and art from local painters, poets, sculptors, authors, musicians, thespians, chefs, brewers, filmmakers, and cartoonists. Distributed to hundreds of location... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
The Bebedero 225 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:00pm

Community Workshop: Jewelry Repair & Reinvention
Limited Capacity filling up
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Join writer and designer Rebecca Perea-Kane, owner of Thicket Jewelry, to learn about some of the most common jewelry mishaps and how they can be fixed, or re-made into something new, using a few simple tools and techniques. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own jewelry in need of love or a new twist. (Materials and tools provided, some additional materials can be purchased for a small cost.)


Workshop Leaders

Friday April 13, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Mi Ossa 134 10th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
 
Saturday, April 14
 

11:00am

Community Workshop: Immersive Storytelling for VR and 360 Film
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.
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This seminar/workshop will introduce attendees to the current hardware and software available to experience and create VR/360 content and will explore the ways by which immersive media could enhance and reimagine storytelling. It is ideal for content creators including artists, journalist, storyteller, media makers, and educators who are curious about the emerging media. Introductory overview on current hardware and software available to experience and create VR/360 content.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Mona Kasra

Mona Kasra

Mona Kasra is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design in the Department of Drama at the University of Virginia (UVa). A cross-disciplinary scholar and a creative practitioner, she employs, explores, and experiments with existing and emerging media to enhance the concepts of... Read More →

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12:00pm

McGuffey Open House
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EXPERIENCE CREATIVITY IN ACTION! Ever wonder how a work of art is made? We often see the finished product but not the behind-the-scenes process. Artists will be working in their studios, ready to answer your questions at the Open House. In this digital media age, engaging the creative process becomes even more meaningful. This all-ages event offers visitors the chance to connect with McGuffey artists one-on-one, and see first-hand what’s behind an encaustic painting, a clay sculpture, or a stained glass window. https://tomtomfest.com/mcguffey/



Sponsors
avatar for McGuffey Art Center

McGuffey Art Center

McGuffey Art Center, located one block from the Downtown Mall, is one of the oldest artist-run cooperative art centers in the country.   We are a community of artists dedicated to practicing our art and to passing on the creative spirit.  This is our mission statement.  It reflects... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
McGuffey Art Center 201 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Artisanal Tom Tom
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Want to take a souvenir home from Tom Tom? Support local talent and pick up a special something at our Vendor Village! TheAn open-air market featuresing local and regional vendors who sellwill sell their vintage and handmade jewelry, apparel, art, home goods, and furniture. Highly curated.

Saturday April 14, 2018 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Emancipation Park 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

12:30pm

Artist Lunch with James Johnson and Frank Walker
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Join Tom Tom Artists-In-Residents James Johnson and Frank Walker as they discuss their work during an informal artist talk at the Charlottesville's Welcome Gallery. Bring your own lunch and learn the techniques and inspiration behind the works of a pair of local artists. This luncheon is in partnership with New City Arts.  


Artists
avatar for Frank Walker

Frank Walker

Artist
Frank Walker was born in 1953 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He began his education at the Jefferson Elementary School, moved on to Walker Junior High School, St. Emma Military Academy in Powhatan, Virginia, and graduated from Lane High School. College followed at Virginia Commonwealth... Read More →
avatar for James Johnson

James Johnson

Sketch Artist
Artist born and raised in Charlottesville with a brief stint in the Richmond area. Grew up being the lone creative in a family of educators. Mostly worked in graphite in my younger years until the mid-2010's when I decided to try out inks. My curiosity went from working with black... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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3:00pm

Community Workshop: Dance Workshop with Charlottesville Ballet
Limited Capacity seats available
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Charlottesville Ballet will host a dance workshop for participants aged 10+ (no prior dance experience is necessary). Participants will learn choreography from Keith Lee's piece "Trilogy" and will then have the opportunity to perform on stage at The Paramount Theater alongside the professional dancers of the Charlottesville Ballet at their 10th Anniversary performance called "A Decade of Dance."

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Ballet
Charlottesville Ballet (CBA) is a professional ballet company, dance academy, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, VA. Founded in 2007 with a unique mission for dancer wellness, Charlottesville Ballet is the only full time professional dance company in the... Read More →

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Sunday, April 15
 

2:00pm

Making It: a Discussion on Creative Growth
Limited Capacity full
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This guided discussion with City Art Bus co-finalist, Sam Gray, will explore the multiplicity of ways we can grow as creatives, from personal to professional progress. Participants will reflect on their unique desires and gifts, share experiences, and learn from others in their creative community. Participants will also focus on personal practice, access to resources, flexible planning, creative business practices, and community building.


Artists
avatar for Sam Gray

Sam Gray

Artist-in-Residence, Sam Gray Art & Design
Sam is a member of McGuffey Art Center and works there as an artist, illustrator, and freelance graphic designer. Her work spans various media from painting and drawing to printing and ceramics, but throughout it all she often features a confluence of people and nature. She was born... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Sam Gray

Sam Gray

Artist-in-Residence, Sam Gray Art & Design
Sam is a member of McGuffey Art Center and works there as an artist, illustrator, and freelance graphic designer. Her work spans various media from painting and drawing to printing and ceramics, but throughout it all she often features a confluence of people and nature. She was born... Read More →

2:00pm

Artisanal Tom Tom
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Festival Pass - Free.
Want to take a souvenir home from Tom Tom? Support local talent and pick up a special something at our Vendor Village! The open-air market will feature local and regional vendors who sell their vintage and handmade jewelry, apparel, art, home goods, and furniture. Highly curated.

 


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