What It Is: The Bridge PAI (Progressive Arts Initiative) is a nonprofit arts organization located in Belmont at 209 Monticello Rd (across from Spudnuts. You know where that is, right?) But you can and should read all that on their website: http://www.thebridgepai.com/
Why It’s Rad: On a superficial level, this place is rad because it hosts movie screenings, poetry readings, rock shows, art gallery openings and dance parties, usually for either a small donation or nothing at all. The people who volunteer and frequent The Bridge are some of the better people I have ever met in Charlottesville. They are motivated, doing things, interesting things that will make you wonder why you’re wasting your time at school It’s a completely honest and real place that cares about what it’s doing.
On a community-building-touchy-feely level (which is sort of what I’m all about, deep down, other than mocking things), this is one of my favorite places in Charlottesville because it focuses so much on diversity and community. While there are some local organizations that present themselves as “community-oriented” and as “bringing people together,” I find that a lot of our arts organizations basically consist of fancy rich Charlottesville people donating a lot of money to an organization mainly consisting of those same people, who then put on plays for, yet again, the fancy rich people. Not that these organizations are exclusionary, but they certainly work to get people involved the way The Bridge does. And if nothing else, you get to support an awesome organization while watching a rock show and drinking booze.
The point is, I am pumped about The Bridge PAI. You should come and hang out, or hey, get an internship or something productive for your college career.