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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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Thursday, April 12
 

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
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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
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)
 
Friday, April 13
 

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
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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
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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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Saturday, April 14
 

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
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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
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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 →
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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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Sunday, April 15
 

2:00pm

Making It: a Discussion on Creative Growth
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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
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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
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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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