January 10, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
part of a series on Roots
About the speaker
Abigail Wilson is an avid creator and symmathecist, driven to illuminate and nurture evolving connections. She received a BFA in Printmaking and Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill, catalyzing a quest to discover how society and creation interact. While studying in Chile, she witnessed how the declaration of individual and collective identity through art made it possible to overthrow and heal from a violent regime. This experience—still a cornerstone for Abigail’s creative work—inspired several years of community connection as a muralist and a puppeteer with Paperhand Puppet Intervention. After wandering through small business ownership, outdoor education, and the manufacturing industry, she moved to Charlottesville and the technology sector. These seemingly disparate experiences reinforced the sense that underneath their symbols, our systems of existence speak the same tongue. Abigail’s visual art explores this expression of the collective in the individual, engaging with the creative process as community healing, expansion of consciousness, and a bridge to a better world. As a current resident in the Incubator Studio at McGuffey Art Center, she hosts community printmaking events and welcomes all to come and share their connections.
The Fralin Museum of Art
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is dedicated to creating an environment in which the largest possible share of its diverse constituencies, including members of the University community and the general public, can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. The Museum promotes visual literacy as part of a broader, comprehensive education for all and seeks to enhance its visitors’ perceptions and understanding of world cultures throughout history and of art as an enduring human endeavor. To this end, the Museum shall acquire, preserve, study, exhibit, and interpret works of art of the highest quality in a variety of media that represent the world’s cultures from earliest times to the present.
Albemarle Baking Company
Albemarle Baking Company was founded in 1995 by Gerry Newman and Millie Carson. Originally on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, the bakery soon outgrew that location and in the spring of 2001 was the first business to open in the Main Street Market.
Our award-winning breads, cakes, and pastries are handcrafted in our bakery using only the finest ingredients. Our breads are found on the tables of most of the finest dining establishments in Charlottesville. We are the bakery of choice of many of the caterers in the area, and of many specialty food shops. Our Pastry Chef creates wedding cakes that are spectacular in taste and appearance.
Worth Higgins & Associates
Just as we did when our company was founded in 1970, we continue to call ourselves “printers” – and so do our customers. Makes sense. Offset, digital, wide-format, and letterpress printing are today the core technologies of Worth Higgins & Associates. UV ink and coating, foil stamping, embossing and die cutting are tools of the printing process that we handle extraordinarily well in helping our clients achieve their creative goals and take their ideas beyond their imaginations.
Ting Internet provides crazy fast fiber Internet here in Charlottesville. We build, light and service our fiber optic network for a digital world. We don’t just provide fiber and all of its inherent benefits. Ting sponsors local programs, events, charities and public services in Charlottesville, investing in the future of our town.
New City Arts
New City Arts is a 501©3 community arts organization founded in 2009 to support artists and facilitate cultural participation in Charlottesville, VA. Working to make Charlottesville a more livable place for artists by creating connections between artists and unique audiences through creative conversations, art spaces, and community-building collaborations, New City Arts serves approximately 60 Charlottesville area artists and 6,000 audience members annually. For more information about core programs including Welcome Gallery, Charlottesville SOUP, the New City Artist-in-Residence Studio Space, Housing2Home, and more, visit newcityarts.org.
The Arts are an essential component of the University, its mission, and are a leading presence in the Charlottesville community. The Arts are crucial to the residential experience at UVA, enriching us all while inspiring our students to innovate, create, collaborate, explore, and discover. UVA Arts offers an array of performances, exhibitions, and creative opportunities for students, faculty, staff, visitors, and our entire community. Significant outreach efforts include the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, artist residencies, and public-facing programs designed to cultivate a vibrant community that promotes creative expression and to augment and enrich the artistic offerings across the Commonwealth, nation, and world.
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The Bridge PAI Fiscal Sponsor
The Bridge strengthens and enriches the community through the power of creative interaction and shared experience. We engage with a diverse and ever growing group of artists and citizens to foster a more deeply connected and robust community. To learn more about our mission and current projects, visit thebridgepai.org