Tom Tom invites the community to build on Charlottesville’s history of founding and reimagine the city as a creative stage. This year’s art programming includes multiple murals, art workshops, several multi-disciplinary performances, and much more. These programs start creative conversations throughout the city, impacting Charlottesville beyond the festival.

Featured Art Events

City as Canvas Mural Project

In 2016, the Tom Tom Mural Project will be bigger and better than ever, engaging local, regional, and national artists at multiple sites throughout Charlottesville.

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Creative Collisions: Imagine Cville 2025

Co-created by U.Va.’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Cypher. This weeklong challenge project culminates on Saturday of the festival, showing us glimpses of C’ville 2025, delivered by multidisciplinary “collider teams.” Resident Artist, Peter Bussigel’s Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE) will open the show with a performance transported from the future.


Featured Projects

Aaron Fein White Flags

Aaron Fein : White Flags

The White Flags installation recreates all 193 flags of the countries in the United Nations, embroidered white on white. Throughout March and April, these flags will be installed among the trees on the Downtown Mall. This large scale installation will span the entire length of the mall. Fein’s concurrent exhibit, TORUS, showcases his latest work in textile art and embroidery and is on display throughout April at The Bridge PAI.


ICU Art : Art Bus

Presented by Second Street Gallery and Charlottesville Area Transit: ICU Art is an LA based media and production company specializing in hand painted murals and custom design. Their national network of walls and highly skilled artists showcase the melding of art and commerce. The “Art Bus” is a 29’ hybrid bus that will run on routes 1, 3, 4, 10, and 11.

Founders Summit Art Luncheon

Second Street Gallery will host the second annual art luncheon during the Founders Summit that assembles statewide thought leaders in the arts to discuss building a sustainable arts career in the Old Dominion.

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U.Va.’s Creative Writing, Music, and Studio Art programs team up with Second Street Gallery to present Synesthesia, featuring multidisciplinary and collaborative new and improvisatory work created by graduate and undergraduate students of poetry, fiction, music composition, photography and visual art.



We Want Peace

We Want Peace is a powerful song and campaign spearheaded by internationally recognized South Sudanese musician, actor and former child soldier, Emmanuel Jal, to originally mobilize massive support for South Sudan through a universal call for peace.



CLAW Film in the Park

When the concert series in Lee Park concludes on Saturday, Charlottesville’s Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW) takes the stage for a special screening of the documentary about the birth and growth of the league.

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FleaVille is an open air market for local creativity, ranging from upcycled furniture and vintage houseware to handmade toys, crafts, and original works of fine art.

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Art Attack

Art Attack is a grassroots event that brings the creation process out of the studio and into the streets. Join local painters, illustrators, and sculptors for a day of on the spot art making.

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City Stages

Everyday spaces are turned into electrifying stages as dancer troupes, a capella groups, and acoustic ensembles take over the Downtown Mall.

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Pop Up Park(ing) Spaces

Playful urbanism reimagines eight public parking spaces as stages, art installations, and environmental amenities. Coordinated by the AIA of Central Virginia, the event pairs local nonprofits with architects to design and create pieces that transform the ordinary into the unexpected.

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Streets That Work

This temporary installation allows passersby a chance to reimagine streets and intersections through features like creative crosswalks, added bike lanes, and increased landscaping.

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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 2016 Mural Project.

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Maker’s Workshop: Build Your Own Synthesizer

Peter Bussigel and Travis Thatcher from the U.Va. McIntire Department of Music will lead this free, hands-on workshop will lead you through the construction of your own small working synthesizer, yours to keep at the end of the workshop.

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UVA’s “Creature Nights!” Maker Club

Join stage production expert, Steven Warner, and students for an exhibition and discussion of various maker projects from the U.Va. “Creature Nights!” Maker Club, ranging from an automated stage platform to custom circus stilts.

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NO WAKE: Multimedia Performance

The Bridge PAI and their 2016 Public Artist, Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell, present NO WAKE, a multimedia performance piece at IX Art Park. NO WAKE blends the work of local professional artists and community children in a larger than life outdoor performance and multimedia dance installation.

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