The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is a cultural hub for Charlottesville offering inclusive space for creative thinking and artistic pursuits while providing resources, programming, and methodology for meaningful arts engagement throughout Charlottesville and beyond. From a programming perspective, The Bridge leads talks, workshops, meetings, performances, outreach, exhibitions, public art, residencies, and all sorts of unconventional programming that feed the current dialogue taking place throughout the region and country. Positioned at the center of all this commotion, The Bridge serves as a laboratory for understanding and responding to social issues. This results in stronger social ties, deeper connection to Place, more vibrant community identity, and a better understanding of ourselves and each other.




Executive Director


smART KIDS Teaching Artist

smART KIDS is a versatile and scalable youth engagement program hosted by The Bridge that uses art workshops to connect children with inspiring local artists; allowing children to actively engage with the creativity happening in their own community. Kids have unique opportunities to discover talents, interests, curiosities, problem solving and critical thinking skills in a comfortable and inspiring environment. With this program, The Bridge facilitates intergenerational connection between students and teachers and designs great, formational experiences for youth. Periodically, we look to introduce new teaching artists into the mix! To learn more about the program and to be considered for future teaching opportunities, click below.