The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

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WoodEar Exhibit, April 2014


The Bridge PAI will be exhibiting the work of Peter Traub with video by Jennifer Lauren Smith during the month of April.

A tree is a biological network: roots pulling water and nutrients, leaves producing good with sunlight, and phloem and xylem moving water and nutrients throughout the structure. Woodear extends the dynamic qualities of this biological network into the digital network. Sensors affixed to a tree stream data on the estate of its environment– light, temperature, pressure, and wind. This live data is merged with photos and recordings of the tree’s immediate surroundings into a generative installation.

Opening Night:
Friday, April 25th
Closing Event:
Friday, May 2nd
5:00-8:00 pm


April 22, 2014   Comments Off

Screensavers 001: A Night of Experimental Audio Visual Performances

ScreenSavers The Bridge PAI

Screensavers pairs musicians with filmmakers for three brand new audio visual performances featuring live cinematic projections edited before your eyes, decaying feedback loops, powerful drones, audio reactive graphics, deconstructed VHS tapes, electro-acoustic improvisation, drum machines and maybe even some guitars.

Nathan Halverson + Jason Robinson
Taka Suzuki + Ryan Maguire/Jon Bellona
Greg Nachmanovitch + Will Bollinger

collaborative, improvisational, pretty cool.

The Bridge PAI
8:00 PM


April 22, 2014   Comments Off

Talk about the Bridge at The Bridge

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April 17, 2014   Comments Off

Introducing: The Bridge PAI Reading Series

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Introducing a new monthly reading series curated by Amie Whittemore and Julia Kudravetz.  For the inaugural event, Laura Kolbe and Jesse Dukes will read from 7:00 to 8:00 on Friday, April 18th at The Bridge PAI.  After the reading event, there will be a free concert by local musicians Lucy Heart Star and Slinky Cobblestone, who play Original Old Time Country Protest Spiritual Folk Rock Punk Funk.  The reading series and concert are free and open to the public.

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April 14, 2014   Comments Off

Habitat City

The Bridge PAI Spring 2014 Public Artist Program


This spring, Simon Draper, of Habitat for Artists, has joined The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative as a 2014 Public Artist. Simon joins us from the Hudson Valley in New York to create Habitat City.  These Habitats, currently located at The Bridge PAI and will move to other locations around Charlottesville as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival, creating public spaces for art and imagining a new future for Charlottesville.

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March 27, 2014   Comments Off

A Proposal for Art at The Landmark

February 19, 2014   Comments Off

Bill Ayers Talk – Teaching The Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom


Education at its best is about opening doors, opening minds, and inviting students to become powerful choice-makers as they forge their own pathways into a wider world. While many teachers long for teaching to be something transcendent and powerful, they all too often find themselves teaching obedience and conformity.

Join The Bridge PAI for a talk with educator, author, activist Bill Ayers.

February 14, 2014   Comments Off

Banjo and N’goni Workshop


The workshop will explore historical connections between the n’goni and banjo, musical similarities between the instruments and styles, and contemporary intersections between West African and bluegrass music. Folklorist Blaine Waide will moderate a discussion and performance.

This event is produced by the Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, in partnership with the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and WTJU 91.1 FM. WTJU-Charlottesville

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
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February 14, 2014   Comments Off

Valentine Screen-Printing Workshop

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Join us at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative on February 8th at 6pm to create your own custom Valentine’s Day cards! Impress your sweetie with a hand-made, screen-printed card. Malena Magnolia and Erica Nolan will burn a few screens in advance, so they’ll be ready for inking and your creative touch.

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January 31, 2014   Comments Off

Outside the Window – Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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Join the UVA Contemporary Poetry & Poetics Working Group as they present poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative on Friday, February 7th at 7pm.

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January 31, 2014   Comments Off