Create Charlottesville/Albemarle

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Goal 5: Creative Placemaking

The Charlottesville Chapter of Urban Sketchers meet once a week on location to observe and document buildings and street scenes. Locations are announced through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #charlottesville #urbansketchers

Photograph courtesy of Jessie Chapman

The Charlottesville Pavilion is host to the perennial favorite Friday’s After Five concert series. The schedule features a wide range of musical styles, from rock and blues to salsa and jazz. This is a fun, free community event for the whole family and a great way to start your summer weekends.

Goal 3: Cultural Tourism

Spend a day on the beautiful grounds of Monticello and get an intimate look at Thomas Jefferson.

Goal 2: Arts Education & Youth Development

Every summer, Second Street Gallery, a contemporary art gallery space on the Downtown Mall, hosts Family Art Day. In the summer of 2013, over 200 people attended to enjoy hands-on art making activities.

Goal 4: Artists/Creative Workers

The Charlottesville Downtown Mall is a vibrant cultural space lined with local art galleries and craft businesses. During the warmer months, you can always find local musicians and performers sharing their talents.

Goal 2: Arts Education/Goal 3: Cultural Tourism

Every summer, the Ash Lawn Opera Festival brings full-length operas and Broadway musicals to Central Virginia. The Festival also provides a wide range of educational programs for youth and adults, professional training for emerging artists and interns, and seeks to enrich the cultural vitality and quality of life in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.

Goal 3: Cultural Tourism/Goal 4: Artists & Creative Workers

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for the still image. Billed as “3 days of peace, love and photography,” the Festival is designed to bring together the international photography community and create opportunities for attendees and artists to share images, ideas, and to be inspired.

Goal 3: Cultural Tourism

Every autumn, the Virginia Film Festival brings the best in contemporary and classic cinema to its audiences. A collection of special events throughout the weekend invites the entire community to dive into the art of film in exciting new ways.

Goal 2: Arts Education & Youth Development

Arts education programs are an integral part of public school curriculum in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Students at Hollymead Elementary School in Albemarle County benefit from a choice-based arts integration model. 

Students in second grade were learning about the Powhatan Indians in their classrooms.  The music, art, gifted teacher and media specialist worked collaboratively with the classroom teachers to find out what the students wanted to learn about.  Using student’s questions, the teachers created learning spaces where students could investigate the answers to their questions.  The final product was a Pow-Wow with drama, music, art and research.  The arts integration model was such a success with second grade that it is now being extended to other grades as well.

Goal 2: Arts Education & Youth Development

Light House Studio brings young people together to make movies. A nonprofit filmmaking center, Light House is dedicated to helping students develop their vision and show their work. Every summer, Light House offers a wide variety of camps on different subjects related to filmmaking. To learn more about these offerings or to view the complete list, click here or call (434) 293-6992.   

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