About

Our Mission

To Bridge Diverse Communities Through The Arts

Our Vision

The Bridge seeks to strengthen and enrich the community through the power of creative interaction and shared experience.

We engage with a diverse and ever growing group of artists and citizens to foster a more deeply connected and robust community.

We seek to provide a space that supports an atmosphere of accessibility, intimacy, exploration, empowerment and risk for artists and audiences alike.

We seek to provide programming which engages the whole of our community, fostering connections, celebrating diversity and building lasting relationships in our community.

History

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative was co-founded in 2004 by Zack Worrell and Greg Antrim Kelly as a space for organizing and hosting small-scale art exhibitions and events out of a vacant storefront in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville. Through the support of the broader community, these endeavors grew to consist of multiple programs including visual art, music, literature, theatre, and film.  In 2010 the organization received non-profit status with a mission to bridge diverse communities through the arts.

At the core of the Bridge is an understanding that the arts play an immense role in strengthening and enriching the community as a whole. Not only does the organization serve as a space to support artists in taking creative risks, but it also believes that art should be accessible to all, being a shared connection in Central Virginia and beyond.  Throughout its history The Bridge has supported a vast amount of projects both inside and outside the gallery, reaching as diverse a population as is possible.

In 2013, the Bridge was asserted a new role for the arts in Charlottesville and Albemarle County with the start of Matthew Slaats.  Centered on using art as a catalyst, The Bridge has developed a conversation about the impact that the arts can play in our everyday lives.  Instead of an exhibition being an end point in a creative arc, efforts now focus on how an event can be a starting point for a continued dialogue with a multitude of local partners. Collaborations are taking place around issues of housing, food, environment, health, and education, using culture as a form of engagement, expression, and empowerment. This has lead to new core programs that seeks to place artists and the artistic process at the nexus of dynamic community conversations.

Contact

TEL (434) 984-5669
EMAIL info@thebridgepai.org

Our Office + Gallery: 209 Monticello Road | Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Mailing Address: The Bridge PAI | PO Box 239 | Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Directions

The Bridge PAI is located at 209 Monticello Road in Belmont, just across the Belmont Bridge (our partial namesake) from the Downtown Mall. Our building is the one-story brick building beside Spudnuts, easily recognizable by the large ribbon-shaped mural painted across the buildings facade (the mural is by New York artist David Ellis).

Office Hours

We are open 1-4PM, Monday-Friday.  Or by appointment.