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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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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 narrative and performative arts.

Mona has exhibited work in numerous gallery and online exhibitions and has programmed, curated, and served as a juror for several film festivals and art exhibitions. She is a member of the DWZ, a Dallas-based collective of performance, visual, sound, and installation artists dedicated to post-disciplinary, place-based explorations of new, old and yet to be revealed forms of theater and performance. In her research, she applies an interdisciplinary framework combining semiotics, media theory, and cultural studies to examine the power and impact of online images upon cross-cultural and cross-political life in the networked age. She is committed to transdisciplinary and collaborative modes of scholarship.

In 2016, Mona served as Conference Chair at ACM SIGGRAPH, undertaking an engaged role in the strategic planning, leading, and managing of the world’s largest, most influential annual conference on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

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