Community Foundation News

50th Anniversary Celebration

For the past 50 years, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has improved the quality of life in the area by supporting the work of local nonprofits. Last year the Foundation granted $16 million to 540 nonprofits in the fields of health, education, the environment, job creation, community enrichment, and arts and culture.  

Join us for a celebration of the artistry and diversity of Charlottesville and the work of local nonprofits in the community. 

June 14, 2017  
12:00 - 6:00
Downtown Mall (next to the Paramount)


12:00 • African Drumming Troupe

Master instructor Darrell Rose and his group of 8-10 year-old drummers perform traditional African rhythms. Featuring musicians from The Front Porch, supported by Community Endowment Fund and BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band. The Front Porch is a non-profit roots music school, dedicated to educating and experiencing traditional, roots, and folk music and dance.


12:30 • Flashmob with Devon Sproule

Musician Devon Sproule leads a group performance of the song “I Can’t Keep Quiet.”  Listen to the song about importance of using one’s voice to speak up against injustices and learn the lyrics to sing along with Devon Sproule on June 14. 


1:00 • Latin Dancing 

Local studio The Dance Spot showcases the cha cha, rumba, salsa, and tango. Led by Edwin Rao, The Dance Spot is dedicated to the exploration and development of dancing. 


1:30 • Jazz Hip-Hop Fusion and Breakdancing

Albemarle High School’s A3House artist Anthony Hoang  performs with breakdancer Collin Adams.  Hoang's music is a remarkable combination of live saxophone layered through a digital looping station with added beat boxing and vocal tones.  He then performs live freestyle Hip Hop lyrics on top.


3:30 • Charlottesville Ballet Academy

Children and professional company dancers present mixed works from its classical repertory, including scenes from the ballet Le Corsaire. The Charlottesville Ballet Academy is supported by BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band. Charlottesville Ballet elevates the art of dance through wellness, performance, education, and community outreach.


4:00 • Eli Cook

Eli Cook has been dubbed “The best blues singer of his generation” by the All Music Guide. He'll perform music he describes as "a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock."


4:30 • Jazz Jam with John D’Earth

John D’Earth and Dhara Goradia join up with local musicians for a jam session. Featuring musicians from The Front Porch, supported by Community Endowment Fund and BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band.


5:00 • Bluegrass Jam

Jam session with musicians Jack Dunlap, Malia Furtado, Matty Metcalfe, Gabe Robey and Hank Wells. Featuring musicians from The Front Porch, supported by Community Endowment Fund and BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band.



3:00 – 5:00 

• Stilt Walkers from the Moonlight-Circus
• Face Painting with Lauri Ross
• Bubbles by Ken Scobie
• Juggling by Erin Riley
• Live Painting by Chicho Lorenzo



11:00 – 2:00    

• Blue Ridge Pizza Co. Food Truck (on 1st Street)
• Little Manila food truck (on 1st Street)
• Miso Sweet Ramen + Donut Shop Donut Cart
• Smoked Kitchen and Tap (next to City Space)

3:00 - 5:00

Dessert Giveaway, courtesy of the The Pie Chest

Thanks to our partner restaurants that are donating 10% of their June 14 lunch sales to the Community Foundation