Our City as Canvas initiative reimagines Charlottesville as a creative stage filled with possibility. These programs spark creative conversations and leave lasting legacies throughout Charlottesville.



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Engaging local and regional artists at multiple sites throughout Charlottesville.
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Presented by Charlottesville Area Transit


A collaborative project between Tom Tom and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), reimagining everyday transit as a canvas for public art.
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Writer in Residence

Presented in Partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book

In 2017, a new collaboration with the Book Festival will create residencies that span the month between the two festivals.

Artist Residency

Paul Hostetler, a freelance illustrator, painter, and comics maverick, will host an illustration workshop during the festival.
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Tarot Opera

Presented by Victory Hall Opera

Learn what the fates have in store for you by having your fortune read, or rather sung, by a world class opera performer.
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For the week of Tom Tom, the tremendous expertise and passions of the Charlottesville community are on display.

Public Art Bike Ride

Grab your bike and join this annual tour of Charlottesville’s public art, including the new additions to Tom Tom’s 2017 Mural Project.
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Airsteam Storytelling Project

Presented by the Bridge PAI

This revitalized Airstream trailer serves as an unexpected community center, collecting and presenting stories from neighborhood residents.

Screenings & Panels

A curated documentary series featuring short films and trailers accompanied by panels with the filmmakers.

Community Picnic

Share a meal with Charlottesville neighbors and help kick-off the Tom Tom Founders Festival at a special all-local showcase at IX Art Park.
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Picnic Day in Lee Park

The final concert series of Tom Tom features a diverse array of local performers in the midst of crafts, and great local food trucks.

Craft Fair at Tom Tom

An open air market featuring local and regional vendors at Lee Park.
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McGuffey Open House

Explore downtown’s largest art space. Throughout the day, McGuffey will be hosting workshops, demos, en plein air painting, and yoga on the lawn.

Art Attack

A grassroots event that brings the creation process out of the studio and into the streets.