At VAE, 2016 was the year of HOME. All of our 70+ exhibits and 50+ programs and events revolved around a central question: How can artists improve their home communities, and how in turn can communities nourish and improve their artists?

VAE went HOME to find the heart of creativity with more conversations, more giving, more helping! This year was the start of our popular monthly Happy Hour socials, our Speed Dating learning events that connected artists with gurus for one-on-one chats, as well as our new Ignite Creativity Fellowship and Lighter Fluid Awards that provide project seed money to local artists.

The pinnacle of HOME was citizen-artist Vanessa German’s powerful public keynote at our Ignite Creativity Summit. When she proclaimed “I believe in the power of art, I believe in the power of love, and I don’t feel the need to differentiate between those two things!” you can believe there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Not to toot our own horn, but we rocked it pretty hard this year and plan to do more of the same in 2017! More inspiration. More exhibit opportunities. More funding for creative people. More individualized learning to fit artists' changing needs. More inclusion. More empowerment. More yes. More fun.


As Vanessa said, “There is no THEY!”

Great things happen when we stop waiting for someone else to take action and instead make opportunities ourselves. That’s where you come in! We hope you will support all the cool stuff we’ve got planned for the coming year by becoming a member or renewing your membership, giving as a gift, or through a tax-deductible cash donation.

Anyone can be a VAE member! Artist or not!

VAE offers several tiers of membership for artists and non-artists alike. Each tier comes with benefits targeted to the different needs of different kinds of artists and patrons. CLICK HERE to become a MEMBER TODAY!


Your tax-deductible donations go a long way toward helping artists.

If you would like to automatically donate to VAE each month, we can set an an auto-draft of whatever account you choose. CLICK HERE to DONATE MONTHLY! Or if one-time giving is more your speed, we can do that! CLICK HERE to DONATE ONE TIME!

For the art lover who has everything!

Give the art-lovers in your life a gift with broad and lasting impact! We'll send your recipient a card acknowledging your thoughtful gift. CLICK HERE to GIVE A GIFT!


A beautiful way to honor the memory of a passed loved one.

Give a one-time gift or set up a scholarship or grant in the name of your passed loved one. These funds can go toward furthering the Triangle's creative community in a number of ways. CLICK HERE to honor the MEMORY of a LOVED ONE.