Cville’s Tom Tom Founders Fest opens call for “Moving Mural” artists

by | Sep 1, 2016 | ART

Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Fest has become a pretty neat gem in home of two former presidents. And now the arts and music fest is getting ready for their 2017 event

Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Fest has become a pretty neat gem in home of two former presidents. And now the arts and music fest is getting ready for their 2017 event

Tom Tom is the product of a lot of hard work, but it’s spirit lies in the fledgling creative community which has started to call Charlottesville its home. Paul Beyer, creator of the fest, is proud to be a part of that. His hard work has paid off with as many as 17,000 attendees who came out to Tom Tom last year.

“I think Charlottesville has been seen as a retirement community – it’s pretty, it’s historic, it’s a nice tourist destination… but it hasn’t been seen as a vital place to make art or start a business,” Beyer told RVAMag back in 2015. “If you’re graduating UVA, is this a place where you start a tech firm? An interesting project? And is this a community who supports that? And I think, in the last few years, its a narrative that has started to take hold.”

And if you’re an artist, you can get in on the narrative by submitting your work for their open call. Check out details below via Tom Tom:

Tom Tom is teaming up with Charlottesville Area Transit to bring you two art competitions this fall. The annual Art Bus serves as a moving mural and operates on bus lines around Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The winning design will be seen by 200,000+ people throughout the year. For 2017, we’re looking for a whimsical and energetic design for the digital wrap that will cover the entire city bus. For more details on the Art Bus competition and a Transit Shelter Art Competition, please visit the art competitions page.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at

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