TTFF takes place on Founders weekend (April 11-14) with back-to-back talks, workshops, panels, concerts and block parties. These 96 hours of catalytic innovation converge music, art, design and technology to connect people and new ideas for the future.
Founders Day is a Charlottesville tradition to celebrate Jefferson’s birthday. Like the founding polymath, Tom Tom explores the field to fork movement, craft beer & local wine, new discoveries, technology, public art, architecture, beautiful landscapes, and creative expositions.
There’s also buzz bands, electronic dance music and block parties on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, but we think Jefferson would approve.
It’s all about bringing people together and connecting business, art, and science, in a way that unlocks potential. People leave Tom Tom with ideas to ponder. People leave Tom Tom with the connections and resources to implement them.
Tom Tom is about the future of Community, and the conversation taking place in small Cities across the Country. By being a platform and showcase, TTFF helps catalyze Charlottesville as a creative hub for innovative ideas, artists, & businesses.
Headliners: The Walkmen, Josh Ritter, MiMOSA, J Roddy Walston, Here We Go Magic, Hospitality.
Events: block parties, crowd-funded pitch competition, latte art, poetry smack-down, public murals, dance performances, local food expos.
Music: Over 80 local and national bands booked.
Innovation: 35 innovators speaking about Charlottesville based enterprises.
Resident Innovator: The Community Investment Collaborative - a microfinance resource.
Art: Public art created and discussed. Workshops. Lectures. Kite Day.
Resident Artist: Ed Miller, creating public statue for local elementary school. Kate Daughdrill, leading workshops in public sidewalk art.
Founding Director: Paul Beyer
Co-Founders: Tom Beals, Oliver Platts-Mills, Natasha Sienitsky
Founding Team: Sam Bush, Greg Sloan, Andrew Centofante, Jeannette Andamasaris, Travis Dennis, Shailagh McGregor, Ryan DeRose, Dave Thomas, Emily Gawlak, Toan Nguyen, Marie Schacht, Matt Pamer, Kevin Pujanauski, Ayten Harman, Anna Vogelsinger, Christina Avalos, Eric Krash, Sana Khawaja, Laura Hyson, Abby Skolits, Brevy Cannon, Nick Strocchia, Coy Barefoot, Pete Caramanis, Sean Raynor, Blake Hurt, Kirby Farrell, Doug Muir, Phillippe Sommers, Jaffray Woodriff.