The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation supports the area in a variety of ways, including giving numerous grants that assist local nonprofits, administering the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band, and partnering with the community on major strategic initiatives such as early childhood education and workforce development, to name a few. Today, the CACF adds yet another approach to improving the quality of life in the Charlottesville area: The Imagination Foundation.
The Imagination Foundation will focus on various challenges faced by the community, beginning specifically with the environment, food justice and mental health. The group will approach these issues through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion, and learn about efforts that seek to change divisive patterns and move toward an inclusive and resilient community.
The Imagination Foundation’s inaugural event is Friday, September 29, from 6 to 8 PM at 1740 Broadway St., Charlottesville, Va. The event takes place in an empty warehouse located the Woolen Mills neighborhood, and will include a performance by UVA’s electroacoustic ensemble, MICE, followed by a stunning interactive installation by New York artist, Claude Wampler.
This is the first of a series of events designed to encourage creative collaboration, with each subsequent event centering on one of the initial focus areas--the environment, food justice and mental health. By bringing people together through art-inspired social events, the Imagination Foundation introduces issues through interactive, inspirational installations and performances. “Art can provoke action and spark innovative ideas,” says Aidyn Mills, donor relations manager at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in its service area: Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange.