Connection + Culture for Everyone. Every Day.
Radical Imagination: Facing the Moment Head On
Public Art for Everyone

Our Mission

To bridge diverse communities through the arts.

Our Vision

➜    The Bridge strengthens and enriches the community through the power of creative interaction and shared experience.

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

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

➜    We provide programming which engages the whole of our community, fostering connections, celebrating diversity and building lasting relationships among diverse populations.

Our Story

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is a cultural hub, offering dynamic, inclusive, and accessible opportunities for creative thinking and artistic pursuits. We provide resources and methodology for meaningful arts engagement throughout Charlottesville and Central Virginia. Our programming history includes over a decade of exhibitions, public art, murals, workshops, classes and performances. As a community-driven organization, we work to dissolve social barriers by supporting the work of emerging artists and bringing people together through collaborative practices and cultural programming.

If you’ve got an idea, you’ve got a partner in The Bridge! We provide the resources and programs to engage the breadth of contemporary creative culture. Workshops, gatherings, performances, outreach, exhibitions, and all sorts of emergent arts thrive here. As the hub of all this action, The Bridge serves as a laboratory for understanding and responding to social issues.

The result: Stronger social ties, deeper connection to Place, more vibrant community identity, and a better understanding of each other and ourselves.


TEL: (434) 218-2060
EMAIL: info (@) the bridge PAI (dot) org

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

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


The Bridge PAI is located at 209 Monticello Road in the Belmont neighborhood, just across the Belmont Bridge from the Downtown Mall.

Office Hours

We are a small staff with many commitments outside of the office! While we welcome drop-ins during business hours, we apologize in advance if we are not in. We also encourage you to see our calendar for events, or stop by during weekend hours: Friday 12:00-10:00, Saturday 12:00-10:00, Sunday 12:00-4:00