Our MIssion

To spark creativity and inspiration in people’s everyday lives.

Embracing the emerging trend toward immersive art experiences, we want to inspire people to find their own spark of imagination and creativity, and bring it to life using multiple artistic mediums.

IX ART PARK

EVERYONE iS AN ARTIST

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Everyone 
is an
artist

 
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Why IX [ɪks̠]?
 

Founded in 1919, Frank Ix  & Sons was originally based in Union City, New Jersey. In 1928, Frank Ix, Jr. moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to build the third and eventually largest of six mills. He’d only planned to stay a year but liked it so much, he stayed a lifetime.

Known around town as the silk mill, Ix & Sons produced “greige goods”, unfinished fabrics. During World War II, Ix & Sons shifted the emphasis of their output from bolts of fabric to nylon parachutes. Four times, the Undersecretary of War awarded Ix & Sons the Army-Navy Production Award, both for their industry and their contribution to the development of new fabrics such as rip-stop nylon, a true lifesaver for American paratroopers. For decades, Ix & Sons was Charlottesville’s largest employer, known for its fairness and warm family atmosphere. Most employees stayed with the mill at least twenty-five years. Many never worked anywhere else.

But in 1999, the grand old mill bowed to an enemy it could not see; a depressed domestic textile market. Their high of 1,400 employees shrank to only 150. After years of struggling, Ix & Sons finally succumbed to the pressure of foreign competition and closed its doors. 

In 2014, local developer Ludwig Kuttner and local filmmaker Brian Wimer sought to revitalize the property and soon, the steel and concrete skeleton of the warehouse erupted in colorful murals, life-size sculptures and installations that invited people of all ages to touch, draw and play with art.

Growing in the Community

Over the years, event programming began taking place on an outdoor stage among the art and later inside the old warehouse. Free outdoor concert series, weekly salsa dancing, tributes to great artists like David Bowie and Aretha Franklin, a winter farmers’ market... there have been precious few limits to what we could do with art and community in Charlottesville.

 

We currently produce over 250 events a year spanning many genres of music, dance, film, theater, crafts, and visual art, as well as family-friendly events, wellness-oriented events, events promoting diversity and inclusion, and one-of-a-kind immersive experiences like black light body paint parties and costumed theme nights such as Studio 54 or Roaring ‘20s.

 

In September 2019, we received our official 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization.

 

In January 2020, we opened the Looking Glass, Virginia’s first immersive art space.

 
 
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Ix is a place of

 

We welcome our diverse communities and everything they have to offer.

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Inclusivity

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We believe in the power of imagination.

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Possibility

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We turn up the quirk and celebrate the process.

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Creativity

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We embrace creative partnerships based on mutual respect.

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collaboration

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Our Staff

Our BOARD

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Rachel Baker

Founder, The Bigger Picture; Cofounder, The Spread

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Margo
Bulka

Principal Product Strategist, Willowtree

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David Geis

Former Paramount BOD, UVA Dean of Spanish

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Ewa Harr

Founder and Owner, Little Planets; Curator Crozet Arts Festival

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Mighty Joshua

Musician

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Edwin Roa

Founder, Owner, and Chief Instructor, Zabor Dance Studio

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Pan "Patti" Tian

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RevArt

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James Barton

President, Studio IX and Vault Virginia

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Michael
Caplin

Former President, Tyson's Corner Business District

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Alan Goffinski

Executive Director, Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative & Charlottesville Mural Project

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Susan Krischel

Founder & Executive Director, IX Art Park

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Nathan Moore

Executive Director,

WTJU

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Dwight Sparlin

Retired ,

IRS Agent

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Susan Payne

Chairperson Virginia Tourism Corporation, Board of Directors

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Jamelle Bouie

Opinion Columnist, New York Times

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Andrew Centofante

President and Founder, North American Sake

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Greg Graham

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

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Ludwig Kuttner

Founder and Co-Owner,

IX Property

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Craig Redinger

Attorney

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Hunter Smith

Chief Executive Officer,

Champion Group

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Travis Wilburn

President, Stay Charlottesville

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Sherry Bryant

Chief Curator of Education, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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Michelle Gagliano

Artist

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Anne Hunter

Executive Director,

Live Arts

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Khalilah Jones

Development Director, Black Women of Central Virginia

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Ravi Respeto

President, United Way of Greater Charlottesville

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Emma Terry

Programs & Communication Director for UVA Arts and Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for the Arts

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Brian Wimer

Founder, Ix Art Park