We are a not for profit that educates the public about innovation and entrepreneurship.

We do this through the events of the Tom Tom Founders Festival in Charlottesville VA.

Proceeds from our events create grants for the production and display of Public Art.

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92’ of concrete need your ART! $500 Cash Prize. All paint supplied by Tom Tom. Girl Scout Troupe has volunteered to help you paint it.

FULL DETAILS

1st INAUGURAL MCGUFFEY MURAL CONTEST


Tom Tom Founders Festival throws a block party on Friday, April 12 at the McGuffey Art Center. 

In the midst of Latin, Rap, Rock & Americana, attendees will witness the completion of a mural stretching across a retaining wall at the North End of McGuffey.

The wall is roughly 4’3” Tall and runs 92’7”!

CONTEST DETAILS:

 

 

PRIZE: $500 Cash.  
TOM TOM: supplies paint & dropclothes.
WINNING ARTIST: supplies Brushes & Design & Manages Fabrication.
CREATION: Mural must be fabricated between April 1-12.

NOTES:

*The entire wall should be seen as one continuous 92 foot long composition.

*The wall will be prepped with a flat white acrylic primer surface.

*The four pages listed above are sequential photographs of the entire wall and have blank scaled drawings underneath that you should use to present your design ideas.

*You will be responsible for fabricating this BUT there will be volunteers to help you depending on the level of assistance you request.

*High res photos available for review

APPLICATIONS - OPEN NOW!

Either:

Complete application materials electronically and submit your proposal in JPEG form to tomtommural@gmail.com

OR

Print out the materials and submit them as 4 hard copy drawings on regular 8.5 x 11 paper which can be laid out sequentially to show your full 92 foot design.

Mail to:

     Jim Respess
     McGuffey Art Center:
     201 2nd Street NW
     Charlottesville VA 22902


DEADLINE EXTENDED. WED. APRIL 3. NOON


APPLICATION - ONE PAGE OF WRITING PLUS DRAWINGS

Name:
Phone:
Email:
Bio:
Experience with Creating Murals: 
Website(s) if available:
Description of Mural Submitted:

*For mural depiction: please use scaled wall drawings above (pages 1-4). Must be a color image.

   
GOOD LUCK!

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Tom Tom’s first event on the Corner, in partnership with U.Va Innovation, U.Va. OpenGrounds, and WTJU.

 

We had a day of architectural charettes at OpenGrounds, including City Councilor, Kathleen Galvin, Architecture Faculty Chair, Inaki Alday, re imagining a critical entrance corridor to the University.

 

That afternoon, U.Va Innovation interviewed prominent Innovators live for a WTJU broadcast.

 

Then of course there were a ton on bands, beer gardens, bollywood dancers, New Years dragons and randomness of one of Charlottesville’s great streets… Elliewood Avenue.

Full Facebook Gallery.

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On September 28, 2012, we had another block party at the historic arts center: live music, dancing, beer gardens, street food, and a driving rain storm! Performances from:

The Boys & Girls Club (Southwood Steppers!)
Pantherburn
Chamomile & Whiskey
The Music Resource Center.

Full album on Facebook.

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2012 was our “soft open.” It featured a month of programming including a 55 band music festival, a Resident Artists and Innovators program, and a “Place Based Innovation” series about Charlottesville based industries. There were also Block parties, Latte Art competitions, Poetry smack-downs, and over 25 free events.

Check out the full Calendar, with descriptions of the talks, concerts, and art that filled the event.

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Ed Miller was one of Tom Tom’s inaugural Artists In Residence. A Sculptor at the University of Virgina, Ed created the “Reading Bear” during Tom Tom. He unveiled the bear at the McGuffey Block Party, where attendees created the bear’s textured fur with their fingers. Ed presented workshops and lectures during the festival about the bear’s creation and his artistic process. The bear is now installed permanently at Baker-Butler Elementary School.