The competition invited artists throughout Virginia to participate in Tom Tom Founders Festival ‘City as Canvas’ initiative, which transforms public spaces through murals, public performance, art installations, and innovative collaborations with local organizations during the Tom Tom Founders Festival, which will occur again April 9-15, 2018.
“One of Tom Tom’s most popular public art projects is the City Art Bus,” said Festival Director Paul Beyer. “ In the spirit of the festival, we crowd-source designs, and then offer the public an opportunity to engage with the artwork and vote on their favorites. The project also couldn’t be done without the tremendous community spirit of our partners, CAT and JAUNT, who embrace the project as a wonderful addition to the public transit experience.”
“The Art Bus initiative has been a great project that not only brings smiles to the faces of our passengers but helps furnish a medium for artists to showcase their work,” said CAT’s Marketing Coordinator, Westley Kern. “Over the years, we’ve been able to create something our community can truly be proud of. I can’t wait to see what the public selects for the next design!”
“JAUNT has always thought of itself as the community’s canvas,” said PR and Marketing Director Brian Cohen. “For over 40 years, we’ve displayed our area’s diversity in terms of our ridership. Now we get to exhibit that as locally created art while we travel through a collage of neighborhoods.” JAUNT makes over 300,000 trips annually in Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties, as well as Charlottesville.
The inaugural Art Bus was completed in 2015 by prolific Richmond muralist Mickael Broth. The 2017 Art Bus, which can still be seen driving on various CAT routes today, was designed by Paul Hostetler.
ABOUT THE TOM TOM FOUNDATION AND THE FOUNDERS FESTIVAL
The Tom Tom Foundation is a nonprofit organization that celebrates entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation in small cities. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong festival 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 entrepreneurs, innovators, and civic leaders who are defining the future. Since its inception in 2012, the Foundation’s Spring and Fall programming has showcased over 740 speakers and 330 bands to 186,000 program attendees, and has channeled $2.9 million to new ventures and projects. Learn more: www.tomtomfest.com.
ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TRANSIT
Charlottesville Area Transit provides bus service to the greater Charlottesville area. Riders enjoy safe, clean, and comfortable service Monday through Sunday. Most routes operate out of the Downtown Transit Station at 615 East Water Street. In addition to fixed-route service, CAT offers a free Trolley connecting downtown to the University of Virginia. Last fiscal year, CAT provided over 2.3 million passenger trips.
ABOUT JAUNT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Whether you’re traveling to work, to shop, to the doctor’s office, or just to catch a movie, JAUNT has a route that can help you get around. Our staff of friendly people and 80-vehicle fleet provide public transportation for everyone throughout Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Buckingham Counties, as well as Charlottesville.
The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the i.Lab at UVA. It is also generously underwritten by a number of leading organizations, including the University of Virginia, Ting, C-Ville Weekly, New Belgium Brewing Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Charlottesville, UVA’s Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce, UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, UVA’s Curry School of Education, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.