Free Speech Wall

Upon unanimous approval by City Council in early 2021, The Bridge has become the owner and caretaker of the Community Chalkboard, known as the “Free Speech Wall”. The Bridge has accepted stewardship duties, including repair, maintenance, and programming efforts. We launched our stewardship efforts with a lively week of programming featuring a Rededication Coalition of over two dozen partnering organizations and artists.

Join un celebrating a new chapter for the renown public landmark in the heart of town as an inclusive, inviting tribute to creative expression and public engagement. We steward this landmark for the next generations of artists and thinkers expressing the ideas shaping a better future for us all.

Rededication of the Community Chalkboard is brought to you by the coalition of participating artists and organizations listed above and with generous support from The Genan Foundation, Ellen Climo & Marc Lipson, Jacqueline Langholtz & William Taylor, and Marlena Simon & Matthew Simon.

Rededication Coalition: Charlottesville Tomorrow, Muralist Chicho Lorenzo, The Front Porch, UVA Music Department, Telemetry Music Series, Central Virginia Theater Alliance, Big Blue Door, MIMA Music, Community Climate Collaborative, Bent Theatre, Patricia Asuncion, Rasquache Tolchikaualistli, Creciendo Juntos, Feminist Union of Charlottesville Creatives, Nettle Shirts Puppet Works, Cinema Skate Shop, Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Fest, Muralist Jae Johnson, Charlottesville Jazz Society.

Pledge Your Support

Taking on the task of maintaining the Community Chalkboard is going to require repairs, maintenance, and programming expenses. Funding is critical to ensuring the longevity of the landmark and the safety of the kids and adults who engage with it. Additionally, fund need to be raised for ongoing chalk, utility, and program expenses.
We’re relying on like-minded people like you, who believe in the value of public art, free expression, and a vibrant Charlottesville. Will you commit to helping us ensure the Community Chalkboard remains a safe, fun, and meaningful landmark in the heart of our city for decades to come?

The Community Chalkboard Fund is established through the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to assure your gift is securely managed in the manner that best serves the Community Chalkboard for years to come. Contact Director Alan Goffinski by email at or by phone at (434) 218-2060 for acknowledgment details.
Make your check payable to Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and note “Community Chalkboard Fund” in the check memo line. Check can be mailed to Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, PO Box 1767, Charlottesville, VA 22902. For wire transfers contact the CACF Finance Team at or call 434.296.1024.