The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project

A community project exploring the use of art as a way to build bridges across differences in the Shenandoah Valley at a time of national polarization. Organized by Heather Davis and Tammy Ruggiero of United ShenValley Artists and Mark Cooley, Beth Hall, and Celia Cooley of SporaStudios.

The Bridge Project consisted of public workshops at libraries and elementary schools where participants created artworks on the theme of celebrating and creating bridges across differences in the Shenandoah Valley.

Installation & Celebration
The artworks were assembled and displayed at a public celebration held at Selah Theatre (Front Royal, VA), which featured poetry readings and music by local artists.

Press Links
Initial NOVA Daily article:

Local DMV article and video:
Front Royal group helps community connect through art

The River 95.3 Radio Station story:
Open Call for Artwork and Writing for The Bridge Project

Announcement on website of Front Royal Women’s Resource Center:
Open Call for Art and Writing That Explores Connections Across Differences

Announcement on Website of Orenda Healing International:
The Bridge Project

Royal Examiner Story and Video:

NOVA Daily Preview article for event:

Announcement of Unveiling Event in Warren County/Frederick County Report:

Event Program

The Bridge Project
Saturday, June 9, 7:00 PM, Selah Theatre, Front Royal, VA

More than 130 pieces of original art by community members celebrating connection across differences.

  • Intro and welcome by Tammy Ruggiero, local artist, and Heather Davis, local poet
  • Message from a representative of the Khatme Nubuwwat Center, local Muslim community
  • African Drumming by Jona Masiya, teacher and musician
  • Poetry by Jody Frank, Heather Davis, Jose Padua, and Kristin Zimet
  • Guitar and vocals by Matt Chellini
  • Vocals by Lynne Arnold
  • Music by Mark and Celia Cooley
  • Music by members of the Daycare Swindlers—Noah Waggener and Mike Shotton—with bassist Rafe Ruggiero

Hosted by United ShenValley Artists and Selah Theatre Project