March 8 - April 20, 2019

“Black people speak themselves into the future as a way to survive the present. Every word spoken is a seed; Black people in the present are their ancestors’ seeds made manifest. Afrofuturism is the act of spitting seeds out as far as one can while preparing the soil for the seeds to grow. This act of radical visioning is expressed through literature, music, fashion and common colloquialisms ie, we gon be alright and you get home safe.” -Monèt Marshall, guest curator


See(d) the Future is a two-month art project hosted in VAE’s main gallery space at 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh NC. The project’s focal point is an exhibition of work by artists with a personal connection to Afrofuturism and the African diaspora, selected by guest curators Ashley Brieanne Wike and VAE staff member Monèt Marshall. This exhibit is free and open to the public to enjoy during regular gallery hours. We are also happy to give guided tours to interested groups. (Email Kyle to schedule a time!)

In addition to the main exhibition, the project’s eight public events and programs will compliment and deepen the community’s engagement with the ideas and feelings the See(d) exhibition introduces. Many of these are free and open to the public. Please scroll down for more information on these events.


VAE works to make all of our exhibitions, programs, and facilities accessible to all people who appreciate creativity! VAE is a single story facility and all galleries, offices, and facilities are physically accessible. VAE is happy to provide audio description tours, ASL interpretation for our exhibition and/or special events, and/or make documents available Braille or large print. A two-week advance request for these accommodations is appreciated! Please email Kyle to let us know how we can make your visit happen!


Throughout the run of this project, programming will foster intra-community conversations, while public events welcome everyone in a celebration of all things Afrofuturism! MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!




Monet Marshall and Ashley Brieanne Wike


Sponsorships are available! Support this cool project AND get some buzz for your business! A win-win!