Check out Ting Works in action at New City Arts
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Showcasing our community initiatives and involvement across our Ting Towns.
Fostering an arts community in Charlottesville
Charlottesville is a city that lives and breathes art. Charlottesville galleries, exhibitions, theaters and venues play host to emerging and established artists alike and the programming rivals any major metropolis.
So, what makes the arts in Charlottesville so great? New City Arts Initiative Executive Director, Maureen Brondyke would tell you its all about the thriving, rich artistic community. Connection, networks and support systems have allowed artists, and the arts, to flourish in Charlottesville. At the center of this network you’ll find New City Arts Initiative and all the important work they do.
The New City Arts offices, studio and Welcome Gallery, are located just off the historic Downtown Mall. Out of these facilities, New City Arts hosts educational experiences, acts as a supportive network for artists and is a resource to help artists learn, work and make a living.
About New City Arts Initiative
New City Arts Initiative is a non-profit that facilitates engagement with the arts in Charlottesville, Virginia. New City Arts supports a network of artists and art lovers by advancing cultural participation across communities.
Founded by a group of artists and congregations in 2009, New City Arts Initiative hoped to promote and assist with cultural collaborations while serving Charlottesville area artists.
For New City Arts, creative community is integral to vibrant civic life. Art revitalizes cities by bringing people together, energizing private and public spaces, strengthening social ties and creating a more beautiful city.
We had the chance to chat with New City Arts Initiative Executive Director, Maureen Brondyke about the work New City Arts does in the community as well as being part of the Friends of Ting network in Charlottesville.
Connecting artists in Cville
The New City Arts offices, studio and Welcome Gallery, are located on the historic Downtown Mall. Out of these facilities, New City Arts hosts educational experiences, acts as a supportive network for artists and is a resource to help artists learn, work and make a living.
“The artists we support all live and work in the Charlottesville area. Our core programs offer opportunities for artists to exhibit, work in a studio space, receive grant funding, make art for one another and create art for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. At the heart of these opportunities are two things: real support and real community connections.
In 2015 New City Arts opened Welcome Gallery, where they feature artists in residence, show exhibitions and put on creative local events. It’s a community hub where friends and artists can visit during open hours.
New City Arts also organizes workshops and talks and puts on other events like Charlottesville SOUP and The Maker’s Series. The organization brings people together for discussion and partners with other groups and institutions to make sure the arts are a priority across Charlottesville.
“Our events provide a free or low-cost opportunity for the community to come together in a unique and welcoming space to experience art. Being physically present in the same space can lead to surprising friendships, new ways of thinking, and human connection that is hard to facilitate any other way.”
Friends of Ting
Maureen joined Ting mobile in 2014 and just around that time, Ting announced that we were launching our fiber Internet town in Cville. When New City Arts opened Welcome Gallery along with their office and studio space, Maureen wrote to some Ting friends she met at an event, to see if they’d be willing to partner with New City Arts for their gallery endeavor.
Needless to say, we said yes. Today everyone at New City Arts headquarters is connected on a crazy fast fiber Internet connection. Staff work efficiently at the speed of light and the team is able to make things happen and execute their goals without worrying about their Internet connection.
“Artists who visit and work at New City Arts deal with large files, like films and scans, that need to be uploaded. They come to New City Arts to spend 30 minutes uploading something that would take them days to do at home. While they use our Internet, we get to hear how their week is going and they get to meet deadlines. Thanks to Ting.”
We’re proud to be part of the New City Arts community and that artists and staff are able to get work done with our gigabit. Most of all, in New City Arts, we’ve made true friends, engaging with cornerstone community members to advance our shared vision: a more vibrant, connected Charlottesville.
“Ting’s community partnership is actually just a real relationship with real people (…like sometimes we talk about cats before we talk about upcoming programs). True to Ting’s ethos, they are really good listeners. Ting jumps in to help when they hear we have a need. No chairs for gallery events? Ting bought them for us. Not enough funding for local artists? Ting matched our grant. Ting’s generosity helps us foster community by connecting people to one another, to our city and to artists.”