Tom Tom Festival | History, Family, and the Role of the Institution in Modern Life

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Tom Tom Festival | History, Family, and the Role of the Institution in Modern Life

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am


Gayle Jessup White
Community Engagement Officer
Charlottesville, Virginia
Gayle Jessup White became Monticello’s first community engagement officer in 2016. She is not only a direct Jefferson descendant, but is related to two well-documented families enslaved at Monticello – the Hemingses and the Hubbards.

A former award- winning TV reporter, Jessup White started her career at the New York Times. She has written and spoken extensively about her work at Monticello and about her family’s ties to Jefferson, his extended family and the enslaved community.


Melani Douglass
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Family Arts Museum
Melani N. Douglass, NMWA’s Director of Public Programs, heads the groundbreaking Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC) initiative. At NMWA, Melani is cultivating a network of artists, curators, collectors, journalists, change agents and entrepreneurs who understand the power of art to shape and transform society. Through long-range planning and strategic community engagement rooted in strong community partnerships, she is expanding the impact and reach of NMWA’s public program initiatives. Melani is an avid researcher of women and the arts as catalyst of social change. Prior to her position at NMWA, Melani founded the Family Arts Museum, a nomadic institution that celebrates and documents family as fine art, home as curated space and community as gallery. She holds a Master in Fine Art in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


April 11
10:00 am - 10:45 am


Tom Tom Festival


Vinegar Hill Theatre
220 Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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