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6th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival – Tuesday Events

Charlottesville, VA—Tom Tom Founders Festival announced today highlights for the second day of the 2017 Festival, which runs from Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 16.

Innovations in Education, The Paramount Theater, 6-8pm – The innovators, entrepreneurs and educators redefining early childhood education will highlight advances in the field through a series of flash talks and a keynote panel. Featured panelists include: Robert Pianta (Dean, UVA Curry School of Education), Lisa Howard (President & CEO, E3: Elevated Early Education), Mike Chinn (President, S&P Global Market and Commodities Intelligence). This presentation will follow two interactive workshops at 3pm at The Paramount Theater that focus on creative and hands-on approaches to education: Puppetry in Education with our Artist in Residence: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and Collaborative Virtual Reality Art.

Screening and Panel – WTJU: 60 Years of Radio for the Community, The Paramount Theater, 7-8pm – A film about how WTJU began in a basement classroom in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall and rode wave after wave of cultural upheavals to become treasured part of the Charlottesville community.

Downtown Concert Series, The Downtown Mall, 7pm-12am – Celebrate the vibrant local music scene on Tuesday night during our Downtown Concert Series at various bars and restaurants along the Downtown Mall, including: Fellini’s #9, Tin Whistle Irish Pub

Workshop Series, The community workshop series convenes leaders to share their skills, knowledge, creative process, and advice in diverse fields. Tuesday’s Workshops are:

  1. Modern DIY PR For Creative Entrepreneurs, Old Metropolitan Hall, 5-6pm

  2. Design Your Career, WillowTree, 4-6pm

  3. Crafting a Great On-Air Interview, The Paramount Theater, 6-7pm

  4. Nevertheless, We Persist, Old Metropolitan Hall, 6-7pm

  5. Charlottesville BCorps with Global Impact: Madidrop LLC, Old Metropolitan Hall, 7-8pm

  6. How to Use Social Media to Build Community, Old Metropolitan Hall, 8-9pm

WEEKLONG EVENTS

Farm to Table Restaurant Week, Various Locations, 5-11pm – Participating restaurants will feature a special dinner menu that highlights local food artisans and producers.

Craft Cocktail Competition, Various Locations, 5-11pm – Top bartenders create specialty “Tom Tom” cocktails, featuring local spirits and ingredients. Patrons will vote for their favorites throughout the week, and a panel of judges will also crown a winner.

City as Canvas: Mural Project, Various Locations – In its fourth year, Tom Tom’s 2017 Mural Project will transform underutilized spaces into public art–the embodiment of  Tom Tom’s “City as Canvas” initiative.

Office Hours Mentoring Series, During the week of Tom Tom, established professionals in a variety of industries take aspiring entrepreneurs and creative individuals out for coffee at Grit Cafe and one-on-one mentorship.

SCHEDULE

To read more about the Festival and the see the full schedule, please visit: http://tomtomfest.com/

PRESS

To register for press credentials, download approved photography and video, and see the press kit please visit: www.tomtomfest.com/press

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ABOUT THE TOM TOM FOUNDATION AND THE FOUNDERS FESTIVAL

The Tom Tom Foundation is the nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. Supporting high-impact events throughout the year, the Foundation seeks to empower the innovators whose creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to community help ensure a better future for us all. Now in its sixth year, the action-packed Founders Festival is held during the week of April 13 (hometown hero Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) in Charlottesville, VA. Learn more: www.tomtomfest.com.

SPONSORS

The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the i.Lab at UVA. It is also generously underwritten by a number of leading organizations, including the University of Virginia, Ting, C-Ville Weekly, New Belgium Brewing Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Charlottesville, Galant Center for Entrepreneurship, the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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The Tom Tom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN: 46-2048771