VAE is a hub for a diverse network of artists, a venue for artists to advance their careers, and a voice to influence positive change for the creative community.

VAE Raleigh is a community cultural arts organization and a 501(c)(3) non-profit. VAE was founded by a small group of dedicated artists in 1980. Though our name has changed and the organization has grown, VAE stays true to its core goal of developing a vibrant, equitable, and well-resourced creative community.

VAE supports artists by providing:

  • a platform to showcase their work

  • educational resources to expand their creative careers

  • funding for their most ambitious ideas

  • and connections to the resources needed to thrive

VAE currently maintains a 4,000 s/f gallery and workspace in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

VAE is known as a place where artists can try new things, build a support network, and accelerate their careers. We serve artists at every level, working in every creative discipline. Emerging and established artists engage with VAE because of our non-juried membership, education programs, networking events, and robust and diverse exhibition program.

VAE believes that art does not discriminate, but that the structures we build around art can. We work to build trust with everyone in our creative community through programming not only designed FOR our community, but WITH our community.

VAE is an organization who believes in and values individual artists. We encourage artist to be bold and try new things and we stick by our artists, even if those ideas don’t come out quite as planned. We are a family. We invite you to join our family!