The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

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The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is a small, non-profit art gallery located near the Belmont Bridge that uses its presence in Charlottesville to affect change in the community. According to their website, the goal is to to be a "creative hub that uses art and design as a vehicle for civic engagement." [1]


The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative was founded in 2004 by Zach Worrell and Greg Antrim Kelly to serve as a place for small-scale exhibits. [2]

Matthew Slaats served as executive director from 2013 to July 2016. [3] Alan Goffinski served as Interim Director starting in December 2016 and was appointed the new Executive Director in June 2017. [4] He will be leaving in the spring of 2022 to take a position as a radio producer at WNYC. [citation needed]



Board of Director

  • Carrie Worrell, President
  • Elvira Hoskins, Secretary
  • Aaron Flynn, Treasurer
  • Bryce Fletcher
  • Rachel Thielmann
  • Sophie Zunz

Former Board Members

Notable events

The Bridge PAI managed a $50,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. City Council questioned how the money was being spent in early 2016. [6]

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  1. Web. About the Bridge PAI, Website, Bridge Progress Arts Initiative, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  2. Web. The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Meet Your Nonprofit, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 13, 2017, retrieved December 28, 2017.
  3. Web. Three years after cultural plan, arts nonprofits still seeking steady funding, Aaron Richardson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, Virginia, August 20, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  4. Web. Staff + Board, The Bridge Progressive Arts Institute, retrieved June 23, 2017.
  5. {{cite web|title=Staff + Board | The Bridge PAI|url= Pridge PAI|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=December 27, 2016}
  6. Web. City Council wants more information on Play the City grant, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 5, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.

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