Tom Tom Founders Festival 2018 at the Bridge

The Tom Tom Foundation is a nonprofit organization that celebrates entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creators who are shaping cities and communities across the nation. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong festival of ideas and culture that takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, each April in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This cross discipline, multi-venue experience transforms the historic downtown and empowers the innovators, who are envisioning a brighter future.


Exhibition: “Who is Your RGB Self”

An inventive exhibition, Golara Haghtalab’s “Who Is Your RGB Self” features a miniature landscape by use of paintings, poems, sculpture, and interactive installations to create a fresh perspective on visual self-recognition. The project explores how we use vision to perceive ourselves through the fundamental colors of Red, Green and Blue. Breaking down boundaries, layers, and defenses, Haghtalab aims to see everyone as three primary colors that creates a flatness that magnifies our unity as human beings. In sum, the project takes a short tour into the realms within us, a journey from the inside out. Golara plans backward while thinking forward to bring her audience’s attention to their core. The exhibit will run for the month of April. You can find Golara online @g_o_l_a_r_a.

Tom Tom will sponsor 4 community workshops here at the Bridge!

A Brief History of Purple: Golara Haghtalab will lead a workshop that explores the history and science surrounding the color purple. Attendees are encouraged to tell a story about the color purple and their interaction with it in the nature. We will use our shared knowledge and experiences to create art solely with this amazing color and its complements. This free event will take place Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Listening Like You Mean It: Lisa Rogoff will host a workshop on the power of listening globally, building skills to help participants learn to listen to everything observable by sense. This free event will take place Wednesday, April 11, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

This Tastes Funny: Sensory Quality Tasting For Beer: Audrey Reid will host a workshop that covers some of the most common off-flavors in beer, where they come from, how they can be prevented, and how to identify them. A guided tasting of each off-flavor of beer (smell, taste, mouthfeel) will be included. This free event will take place Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. *Note: attendees must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Please bring identification.

MIMA Improvisational Songwriting: MIMA (Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation) teaching artists Jordan Perry and Paige Naylor will teach using group improvisation in the form of games and other creative processes to generate material for musical composition. Come for activities that use the body and voice as the source of musical sound. Participants will take part in a condensed 2 hour session, culminating in the creation of an original song. This free event will take place Thursday, April 12, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The Bridge is happy to announce that we are hosting Tom Tom’s annual Porchella event! The event will feature pop-up acoustic performances on porches throughout the historic Belmont neighborhood. Pop in for a map of the area and start exploring the soundscape! Our Porchella maps will be screen printed by artist Marie Landragin and will be a collectable item you can take home with you. Performers will include Sons of Ichibei, Tom Sobolik, and pnqbud. This free event is scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.