VAE = Visual Arts Exchange

VAE Raleigh turns 40 this year! After helping two generations of local artists establish themselves and sparking excitement in the warehouse district, change is afoot. Last year, I heard from a VEA insider that Raleigh’s tremendous downtown development will force VAE Raleigh to seek a new home for its operations and exhibition space.

VAE is downtown’s non-profit arts hub for the avant guard, as well as the creative juice fueling SPARKcon. If you’re a creative type with new, unusual, or experimental ideas, VAE is the place to go to bring them to fruition. Each year VAE exhibits the works of more than 1,300 artists in 70 exhibitions and hosts more than 50 learning experiences to connect members of the creative community. VAE currently maintains a 4,000 square foot gallery and workspace in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

PHOTO CREDIT – VAE Raleigh website

As a former board member, I’m delighted with VAE’s artistic direction and focus on creating equity in the arts. Let’s find a way to keep VAE Raleigh in downtown Raleigh. If you have ideas about a location or know of anyone interested in helping VAE land the perfect spot in downtown Raleigh, please contact the organization with your thoughts. Your ideas are welcome here. As a backup, I can envision the possibility of VAE being housed at Dix Park for a transitional period, but let’s NOT wander into that thorny thicket.

VAE’s Board of Directors

VAE’s Board of Directors role is to ensure that the organization maintains enough funding and has the resources to implement their mission- and as a community connector. They guide and support the needs of the organization’s executive director, Brandon Cordrey.

About VAE Raleigh

VAE has a well-earned a reputation as the place in Raleigh where artists can be supported while trying new things, build a collaborative network, and advance their careers. Artists choose to join with VAE because of the non-juried membership, education programs, networking events, and a robust and diverse exhibition schedule. VAE is a great place to be in Raleigh on First Friday opening nights.

If you’re already a VAE Raleigh donor, thank you for being a true patron of the arts! If not, please consider giving generously to support living artists as they seek to develop their talents, make a current living, and grow their careers. Partons are the one’s making this possible.

Why? Art nurtures the soul. My arts background includes patronizing individual artists such as Benjamin F. Long IV, coordinating fundraising events for the Fayetteville Museum of Art, initiating art exhibitions such as Ashe County Art’s Council’s 20th Anniversary of Long’s Fresco, twice coordinating VAE’s art auction and gala, serving for eight years as executive director of Carolina Designer Craftsmen- and as a struggling artist. Four years ago I completed the rigorous metals concentration at Penland School of Crafts. On occasion, I paint. I recall the glorious good old days when Betty Eichenberger Adams was my painting instructor. I think of dear Betty every time I “torture” a canvas! As a business coach, I work daily with create types. They are my joy spot.

Be a patron of the arts!

ADDRESS: 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh NC

PHONE: 919-828-7834

WEBSITE: https://vaeraleigh.org/historyandmission

-Mary Jane Clark, RaleighwoodBIZ

SOURCES:

Indy Week VAE Seeking New Home: https://indyweek.com/culture/art/vae-raleigh-fortieth-annniversary-interview/

Downtown Raleigh Alliance Calendar of Events https://www.downtownraleigh.org/events/calendar

Published by raleighwoodbiz

Just trying to do some good along the way. Living an inspired life, I’m a social activist and creative explorer seeking opportunities to connect people in Raleigh, NC.

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