For Immediate Release

Contact: Danielle Bricker – – (434) 971-2787

What is Play the City?

When: Thursday, July 18, 6-8pm

Where: The Bridge PAI (209 Monticello Rd., across from Spudnuts)

June 17, 2015 (Charlottesville, VA) – Spearheaded by The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, supported by Piedmont Council for the Arts and the City of Charlottesville, and funded by a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Play the City is a collaborative effort to provide a more supportive outlet for the rich creativity and cultural heritage in the neighborhoods south of the Downtown Mall.

The crossroads of Belmont, Ridge Street, Downtown and Fifeville present an ideal meeting place for community members to express themselves and strengthen ties.

Learn about a full slate of exciting programs from kids’ art workshops to community murals and more on Thursday, June 18 at the event What is Play the City? – a community cookout where key players will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information about fun summertime programs. The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm at The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Rd. Drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be provided. Please bring a dish to share.

The programming kicks off from July 6 – 9 with Write Your Neighborhood, a workshop where children grades 4 – 6 will develop tools for observing and describing their neighborhoods through a series of writing prompts and other creative activities incorporating movement, artistic expression, and interaction with one another. Find out how underserved youth can become urban art explorers and advocates for the local environment at the same time by participating in the WaterWise Street Mural project on July 11, 18, and 25.

Kids can mash up hip-hop style with a keen entrepreneurial sense at Bernard Hankins’ Rhyme & Design workshop from July 13 – 17.

Discover the next big thing at Push Play on July 18. This free monthly event is part networking, part open mic night.

From July 20 – 24, artist Ashley Florence will lead Seeking the City, a week-long photography workshop designed to show local students how just one camera can make an impact in your neighborhood.

For more information on individual programs, see the attached flyers or contact The Bridge PAI.