CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An event at CitySpace on Monday evening is working to prepare members of different boards and commissions in Charlottesville to better understand certain legislation.

The public forum on Monday, March 25, was meant to teach people about the Freedom of Information Act in Virginia.

Organizers say it's important to foster a "spirit of transparency and openness" among the city's boards and commissions.

"I think, surprisingly, some people who sit on boards and commissions may not know it's their responsibility under FOIA to uphold those parts of the law,” Lucas Ames of Smart Cville, said. “I think it's probably the biggest misconception, but also trying to get past it as a 'gotcha' moment and more as sort of something that can move toward more transparency and trustworthiness in the political culture here locally."

Monday’s forum was sponsored by Smart Cville and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government.