The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

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Bridge PAI Receives $50000 NEA Grant

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Innovative collaboration in Charlottesville received $50,000 NEA Our Town Grant. Charlottesville is one of 66 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide.

In collaboration with The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville is one of 66  cities recommended to receive an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The initiative is slated to receive $50,000 towards a $200,000 project focused on activating Charlottesville’s Strategic Investment Area (SIA) through a series of workshops, public art installations, and festivals.

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The Bridge PAI’s project proposal, called “Play the City,” focuses on engaging those living in the SIA to deeply understand their knowledge about the neighborhood, and then partner artists with the community to produce  several artworks that respond to community concerns.  Partnering with the City of Charlottesville, The Bridge PAI will lead a series of community projects and conversations that seek to energize the SIA through art installations, performances, and events to define a new future  for the neighborhoods through the eyes of residents.  Play the City will encourage adults and children alike to experiment with their preconceptions of Charlottesville and use the arts for self-expression.

“Play the City demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Chairman Chu. “Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike.”

“As  Charlottesville’s creative hub, The Bridge PAI is dedicated to showing how the arts can play a role in activating and energizing the community,” said Bridge PAI director Matthew Slaats. “Working with the City and PCA, we want to pair artists with residents to deeply explore the city and create works of art that express those unique experiences.”

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The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year. Recommended grant amounts ranged from $25,000 to $200,000.  For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site.  While the initiative has received $50,000 from the NEA, the organizations plan to pursue the remaining $150,000 to complete the project from a combination of local private and public funding opportunities.  The Bridge PAI is seeking additional community support to make meaningful impact through Play the City.

Please contact us directly with questions: info@thebridgepai.org!

July 17, 2014   Comments Off

Introducing: Free Draw

Free Draw with Ryan Trott

Introducing Free Draw, a new monthly Arts Incubator drawing series, brought to us by local art educator, Ryan Trott.   To participate in the inaugural event, join us at 7:00 on Thursday, July 24th at The Bridge PAI. This event is free and open to the public.

Free Draw is a monthly evening of drawing games, chance-based art activities and time to socialize and draw.  Creative people from all ranges of expertise are encouraged to come and create connections while making art in a casual setting. Please bring a notebook, paper, and pen or pencil; some additional materials will be provided.

Ryan Trott, an elementary art teacher in Orange, Virginia, was inspired by the enthusiasm of his students, who always look forward to “free draw” opportunities in class.  To find out more about Ryan Trott and his inspirations: http://freedrawing.tumblr.com/

July 7, 2014   Comments Off

ARISE with local Artist Monika Khot

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Friday, July 11th at 7:00 pm

ARISE is an innovative electronic music program created by arts organization TECHNE, founded by musicians Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe. TECHNE is an arts education organization founded by musicians Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe in 2010. They teach workshops combining sound, technology and musical improvisation. Through their programs they empower young women, increase their involvement in technology, and inspire them to engage in creative and innovative music practices. ARISE is an ecosystem of interconnected music, technology, and arts events that explore social identity through electronic music and improvisation.

Opening for ARISE will be local musician Monika Khot.

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July 1, 2014   Comments Off

Summer Exhibition – Megan Bent

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There Is A Crack In Everything, That’s How The Light Gets In

Megan Bent
June and July 2014

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May 28, 2014   Comments Off

TECHNE: 2 Day Performance + Workshop by Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe

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The Bridge PAI is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a performance and workshop, over two days, presented by TECHNE.  The performance, ARISE, will take place on Friday, July 11th at 7:00 pm.  The workshop, for girls age 12 and up, will follow on Saturday, July 12th, from noon to 3:00 pm.  To rsvp for the workshop, send an email to info@thebridgepai.org.

ARISE is an innovative electronic music program created by arts organization TECHNE, founded by musicians Bonnie Jones & Suzanne Thorpe. ARISE is an ecosystem of interconnected music, technology, and arts events that explore social identity through electronic music and improvisation.

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May 27, 2014   Comments Off

Dinner and Bikes

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Please join us on June 18th from 7pm to 10pm for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration. Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about Bikenomics and the economic case for bicycling, and Joe Biel will show either a program of short films or his new feature-length documentary, Aftermass, about the history of bicycle activism in Portland. Plus, The Bridge PAI will have Megan Bent’s Exhibition There Is A Crack In Everything, That’s How The Light Gets about biking and disability up in the gallery.

The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore.

Seating is limited – email info@thebridgepai.org to reserve a seat.

Sponsored by the City of Charlottesville and The Bridge PAI.

May 27, 2014   Comments Off

MASS

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Milka Djordjevich and Chris Peck

Opening set by Katie Schetlick and Erik DeLuca

8pm, Tuesday May 27, 2014

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The Bridge PAI presents a work-in-progress showing of MASS, a new dance work choreographed by Milka Djordjevich and developed in collaboration with composer Chris Peck, set to premiere at the Kitchen in New York City in Spring 2015 with additional performances in Los Angeles. The work is performed by Jessica Cook, Kyli Kleven and Djordjevich, with lighting design by Madeline Best.

MASS is a distorted dance opera performed by three female dancers who execute an intricate interdependent score of movement, choreographed by Djordjevich, and singing, composed by Peck. They are their own musical accompaniment; a choir of voice, action and image. This trio
fuses into a multifaceted self-reliant body. They function as anonymous interconnected organs. The trio is also a kinetic sculpture that moves through space and evolves over time. They oscillate between action and stillness, creating three-dimensional images which pulse and throb through space. Their body parts are hyper-objectified through isolation and repetition, reframing the women’s shapes until they become Other: architecture, landscape, matter, machine, animal, robot, alien, etc. Each body part in turn is objectified and transformed through exhaustive choreographic processes.

Peck contributes a parallel exploration of this female trio’s voices, developing the unusual stresses placed on the vocal apparatus by these evolving sculptural configurations as a compositional resource. The sonic contingencies of singing together are reconfigured through the physical contingencies of weight and friction. They become like human squeezeboxes: pressing, pulling, dragging, rolling, and vibrating in a process of embodied tuning. Singing and listening are distorted in relationship to space as well by technological means—In-ear monitors, live microphones, processing, and multi channel diffusion. Electro-acoustic techniques expand the architectural exploration of the objectified bodies to interact more richly with the architecture of the theater as well.

Opening the evening: Distancing, a short study by choreographer Katie Schetlick in collaboration with composer Erik DeLuca. Distancing is an action that questions the proximity of the dancing body, the performing body, and the observing body. Slow adjustments of the visual and audible frame occur.

May 21, 2014   Comments Off

Arts Incubator forum: Art as an Agent of Community Change

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When Bill Ayers came to speak at The Bridge PAI in February, we were reminded that our job as artists is to create the community where we want to live.  We have been ruminating on what that means for Charlottesville and for the arts community ever since.  We would like to invite you to our monthly Arts Incubator meeting on Wednesday, May 21st at 6:30 pm here, at The Bridge PAI to discuss art, community, and collaboration and how we can use art as a tool for community change and engagement.
In addition to an open discussion, we would like for you to bring an IDEA for a collaborative project that you would like to propose for Charlottesville. We, as a group, would like to workshop your pitch and figure out ways to fund and implement them.  Whether it is a guerilla gardening project or a community event idea, we’d like to help you make it happen.
Admission to this event is free of charge. Please invite your friends!

When Bill Ayers came to speak at The Bridge PAI in February, we were reminded that our job as artists is to create the community where we want to live.  We have been ruminating on what that means for Charlottesville and for the arts community ever since.  We would like to invite you to our monthly Arts Incubator meeting on Wednesday, May 21st at 6:30 pm here, at The Bridge PAI to discuss art, community, and collaboration and how we can use art as a tool for community change and engagement.

In addition to an open discussion, we would like for you to bring an IDEA for a collaborative project that you would like to propose for Charlottesville. We, as a group, would like to workshop your pitch and figure out ways to fund and implement them.  Whether it is a guerilla gardening project, oral history collection, or a community event idea, we’d like to help you make it happen.

Admission to this event is free of charge. Please invite your friends!

May 12, 2014   Comments Off

TENSION: Selected works from U.Va. Studio Art

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Friday, May 16: 5:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, May 17: 12:00-3:00 pm

Please  join us for a special show of U.Va. studio art projects, curated by Bridge PAI director, Matthew Slaats.

Tension is an active relationship, taking place between two things.  It can be directed in a singular direction, with one side exerting pressure.  Or, it can be equal forces, that either attract or repel.  Either way, a connection has been made and continues to take place.

Tension may be mutual or one sided.  It can consist of a linkage between two people however positioned. Or be tied to something, held by one, but not the other, a perception of what has been or could be.  

Tension can be both negative and positive.  It can be that moment of initial attraction, where the desire to meet is overwhelming.  Or it can repel, a friction that constantly puts nerves on edge.

For the first annual UVA Student Exhibition at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, the show takes the concept of tension as its focus, searching for its many manifestations. Whether played out between the artist’s body and their work, the artwork and its audience, or situated directly within the medium, our attention is centered on the inherent relationships that bind two things together and the ramifications of those interactions.  The results may be the work of art, the interplay of actors on a video screen, or how an audience engages in an experience long past.  No matter, tension, even if only momentary, is at the heart of this work, creating dynamic interplay amongst the various constituencies that engage it.

Jordan Fowler – drawing
Sara Blake – photo
Michelle Lee – video
Constanze Brand – photo
Ally Burnett –  audio/photo
Mitch Oliver – installation
Nathan Wiser – text


May 12, 2014   Comments Off

The Bridge PAI Reading Series: May 2014

Bridge PAI Reading Series

We’re excited to provide you with the line-up of fabulous readers in the Bridge PAI Reading Series, occurring on the third Friday of every month at 7pm. Bring your glorious self and your cherished chums over to the Bridge for a night of literary good times.

May 16, 2014, 7pm: Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. & Alexander Lumans

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May 6, 2014   Comments Off