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VAE Raleigh VAE Raleigh is a nonprofit organization that cultivates contemporary creative practices through exhibitions, programs, and funding. Come hangout with us soon!

VAE Raleigh 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. Each year VAE exhibits the work of 800 artists in 40+ exhibitions and hosts a suite of educational programs that culminate in the annual VAE Summit. Come hangout with us 11 AM-6 PM Tuesday - Thursday and 11am-3pm Friday. VAE is de

VAE Raleigh 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. Each year VAE exhibits the work of 800 artists in 40+ exhibitions and hosts a suite of educational programs that culminate in the annual VAE Summit. Come hangout with us 11 AM-6 PM Tuesday - Thursday and 11am-3pm Friday. VAE is de

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Last week VAE had the honor and privilege to participate in the Raleigh Roam Around, held in conjunction with the LEAD c...
08/11/2022

Last week VAE had the honor and privilege to participate in the Raleigh Roam Around, held in conjunction with the LEAD conference. We had an amazing time learning more about accessibility and hosting the opening reception for Merge. As champions of accessibility, equity, and inclusion, attending the LEAD conference is an important part of our efforts to support our creative community.
We have so much gratitude for the @vsainternational for allowing us to host Merge and to @raleigh_arts for offering incredible support and allowing us to partner with them! A big thank you to everyone who came out!

VAE is excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibition, CLAIM THE BODY: HEALING & AUTONOMY!Join us Thursday (8/...
08/10/2022

VAE is excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibition, CLAIM THE BODY: HEALING & AUTONOMY!

Join us Thursday (8/11) evening from 6-8pm for the opening reception.

(image courtesy of @greyvoncan)

Join us this Thursday evening from 6-8pm as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, MERGE! MERGE comes to Ral...
08/01/2022

Join us this Thursday evening from 6-8pm as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, MERGE!

MERGE comes to Raleigh from the @kennedycenter and will be on view through October 27th.

About MERGE: “VAE Raleigh is pleased to present the 2021 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, exhibition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the Kennedy Center. The program drew submissions from talented young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, from around the United States. This year’s theme, MERGE, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together. The call invited artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new.”

This week is the last week to see Cuttin’ Up: The Black Culinary Experience and Breathe: My First Breath! Stop by to see...
07/19/2022

This week is the last week to see Cuttin’ Up: The Black Culinary Experience and Breathe: My First Breath! Stop by to see us on Fayetteville Street!

Today is the last day to apply for our Collaborative Curatorial Fellowship! This unique opportunity allows you to get pa...
07/18/2022

Today is the last day to apply for our Collaborative Curatorial Fellowship! This unique opportunity allows you to get paid to do your own curatorial research over six months, to build a creative project with the full support of VAE’s staff, board, network, and resources! Please see our website for more information!

Today is our 42nd birthday! Thank you to our creative community for continuing to allow us to serve you!!! Your support ...
07/14/2022

Today is our 42nd birthday! Thank you to our creative community for continuing to allow us to serve you!!! Your support over the years means everything to us!

Do you want to help create more equity in our creative community? VAE is currently accepting applications for two very i...
07/06/2022

Do you want to help create more equity in our creative community? VAE is currently accepting applications for two very important positions. Check the link in the bio for more information.

Join us this week for TWO exciting opportunities!Thursday from 6-8pm come hang out with us as we celebrate the opening f...
06/21/2022

Join us this week for TWO exciting opportunities!

Thursday from 6-8pm come hang out with us as we celebrate the opening for the much anticipated solo exhibition of @jpyourlife (awarded during the COSO 2021 Biennial).

And on Saturday join us and @outraleighpridenc @lgbtcenterofraleigh for Out! Raleigh Pride from 11am-6pm. Swing by, cool down, and grab a popsicle!

Both events will take place at 228 Fayetteville Street and are free and open to the public!

It’s time to Cut Up! We have officially sold out both events!  We’re so excited to make space for Maria Geary, CJ Murphy...
06/17/2022

It’s time to Cut Up! We have officially sold out both events!

We’re so excited to make space for Maria Geary, CJ Murphy, and Lennie Vernet to give us a peak into their careers as artists.

If you’re itching to attend one a Cuttin’ Up event, head to the link in bio and get your tickets today!

https://e.givesmart.com/events/rtj/

If you haven’t made it out to see Cuttin’ Up: The Black Culinary Experience yet, don’t worry! You can still have a virtu...
06/05/2022

If you haven’t made it out to see Cuttin’ Up: The Black Culinary Experience yet, don’t worry! You can still have a virtual Sunday dinner with us.

Around here, everybody eats! Head to our website and check out this downloadable collage pack and design your perfect plate! Send it back to us for a chance to get featured! Link in bio

Special thanks to graphic designer and Cuttin’ Up steering committee member @definitely_trey for bringing this virtual program to life. He made sure there was something for everybody to eat!

https://vaeraleigh.org/fix-you-a-plate

The Visionary Gala is this Saturday!DATE: April 30, 2022, 6:30 - 10 PMLOCATION: Dorton ArenaCO-CHAIRS: Erica Porter + De...
04/27/2022

The Visionary Gala is this Saturday!

DATE: April 30, 2022, 6:30 - 10 PM
LOCATION: Dorton Arena
CO-CHAIRS: Erica Porter + Debbie Robbins

The evening will feature great art, great food, great drink, and great company—wrapped in the glass surround of Dorton Arena! We will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community, but we are excited to safely gather with each and every one of you and visualize a bright, creative, and new tomorrow! If you are a visionary, this gala is for you!

This is a night you will not want to miss! VAE’s annual gala has sold out to capacity for the past seven years. Grab your ticket now to make sure you’re in the room for our annual celebration of the arts!
https://tinyurl.com/visionarygalabuytickets

Thank you to the hundreds of artists who have submitted to this years art auction!  This year, we have revamped  the art auction component of our 2022 gala! Participating artists will still get 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Place your bid today!
https://tinyurl.com/visionarygalaartauction

Celebrate creativity with us at VAE's Visionary Gala by lending a hand for a few hours on either Friday, April 29th, Saturday, April 30th, or Sunday, May 1st at Dorton Arena! All volunteer slots during the actual gala are half-shifts so that you can enjoy the gala's festivities either before or after your volunteer work is complete. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer photographer, please email Yvonna at [email protected]
https://tinyurl.com/vaegalavolunteersignup

Find all these links and more in our bio!

April 13 (Virtual)6:30 - 7:30 PMOur inaugural Collaborative Curatorial Fellow, Alyssa Cuffie, is rounding out her time w...
04/13/2022

April 13 (Virtual)
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Our inaugural Collaborative Curatorial Fellow, Alyssa Cuffie, is rounding out her time with VAE! During her time here, she has curated her first exhibition CREATING A HOME< NOT AN EMPIRE! Join us tonight to pick her brain and see some of the early concepts for the exhibition!

Register now! Link in bio

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld-yhpj8sHd3CwfptcyhpctOhBdNFJu1H

So nice we had to do it twice 🥰 Join is today at 2pm EST for another FREE virtual Drag Queen Story Hour with @stormiedai...
04/10/2022

So nice we had to do it twice 🥰 Join is today at 2pm EST for another FREE virtual Drag Queen Story Hour with @stormiedaie and @dqshtriangle. Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Register ASAP via the link in bio or in the link in comments.

April 1st 2022, 6 - 9 PMLOCATION: 228 Fayetteville StreetVAE is moving into our new home and we're opening our doors and...
04/01/2022

April 1st 2022, 6 - 9 PM

LOCATION: 228 Fayetteville Street

VAE is moving into our new home and we're opening our doors and give you the first look at the art that will be available for auction! Come say hello and get started on your bidding strategy! 100+ pieces of art are ready to make your house their home. Light refreshments will be served.

After hosting a smashing party two years ago and a record-breaking Mutual Aid Art Auction that helped hundreds of artists make ends meet last year, we are looking forward to gathering our creative community to celebrate the arts and our new visionary leader, Kayla G. Coleman!

Learn more about the Visionary Gala, like how to get your tickets or how to be a sponsor by visiting our website or by heading to the link in bio.

https://vaeraleigh.org/visionary

There’s still time to register for tonight’s artist talk!March 30 (Virtual) 6:30 - 8:30 PM Join us in conversation with ...
03/30/2022

There’s still time to register for tonight’s artist talk!

March 30 (Virtual) 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Join us in conversation with Aliyah Bonnette @sweetpeachlee, Jasmine Best @jasminebestart, Steven Johnson II @s_a_johnson, and Gwendolyn Wallace @g.m.wallace, to learn a little about the practices that lead them to this opportunity!

You can register for the event and learn more about the exhibition via the link in bio!

https://vaeraleigh.org/upcoming-events

Today is the last day to submit! Head to the link in bio to learn moreIn support of VAE’s upcoming exhibition that cente...
03/28/2022

Today is the last day to submit! Head to the link in bio to learn more

In support of VAE’s upcoming exhibition that centers the Black Culinary Experience, we are seeking mixed media submissions to be included in the exhibition. The exhibition will open in early/mid-May and close at the end of July, 2022. The concept is to focus on the rich food traditions of the African Diaspora. The Untitled Black Culinary Experience exhibition is the embodiment of food as joy, liberation, and preservation through commensality and visual art.

We are seeking submissions by artists using any medium; including but not limited to: photography, painting, sculpture, fibers, etc. 2D, 3D, and video works will be considered. We strongly encourage artists with disabilities, undocumented backgrounds, and members of historically marginalized communities to apply.

https://vaeraleigh.org/exhibitions/2022/2/21/call-for-art-the-black-culinary-experience

03/25/2022

March 30 (Virtual) 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Join us in conversation with Aliyah Bonnette @sweetpeachlee, Jasmine Best @jasminebestart, Steven Johnson II @s_a_johnson, and Gwendolyn Wallace @g.m.wallace, to learn a little about the practices that lead them to this opportunity!

You can register for the event and learn more about the exhibition via the link in bio!

https://vaeraleigh.org/upcoming-events

Unfortunately, the weather forecast for this weekend has continued to be consistent. In consideration of safety for atte...
03/11/2022

Unfortunately, the weather forecast for this weekend has continued to be consistent. In consideration of safety for attendees and staff, Dix Park is cancelling the Wings of the City Community Picnic.There are no plans to reschedule.

Head to our website and check out our other upcoming events!

https://vaeraleigh.org/upcoming-events

VAE welcomes any and all art lovers to join us for First Friday in Downtown Raleigh! As always admission is completely f...
03/04/2022

VAE welcomes any and all art lovers to join us for First Friday in Downtown Raleigh! As always admission is completely free!

6 - 8 PM
120 Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
VAE Raleigh and @dixconservancy have come together to create an interactive experience in honor of world-renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín’s traveling exhibition, Wings of the City. The interactive experience is appropriate for all ages.

6 - 8PM
410 Glenwood Ave Suite 170, Raleigh, NC, 27603
CREATING A HOME, NOT AN EMPIRE is a group exhibition exploring the co-creation of the black family home and process of remembering

Looking for something to do this week? Check out VAE’s self-portraiture exhibition at Dock 1053!The exhibition features ...
02/28/2022

Looking for something to do this week? Check out VAE’s self-portraiture exhibition at Dock 1053!

The exhibition features self portrait works by 19 different artists ranging from painting to photo transfers. The exhibition is open until April 18th every day at 1053 E Whitaker Mill Road! Reception date TBA.

https://vaeraleigh.org/exhibitions/2021/12/6/self-portraiture-dock-1053

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much to everyone who joined us to see @stormiedaie for @dqshtriangle! Drag Queen Story Hour ...
02/27/2022

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much to everyone who joined us to see @stormiedaie for @dqshtriangle!

Drag Queen Story Hour (@dqshtriangle) with the iconic Stormie Daie (@stormiedaie)! Find the link for free registration in our bio!

In collaboration with LGBT Center of Raleigh (@lgbtcenterofraleigh), this free story time for children of all ages was a smash hit! We kicked off @blackchildrensbookweek with a bang!

Learn about more upcoming events CREATING A HOME, NOT AN EMPIRE. Curated by Collaborative Curatorial Fellow, Alyssa Cuffie (@alwhyssa), by visiting our website!

https://vaeraleigh.org/creating-a-home

There’s still time to register for Drag Queen Story Hour (@dqshtriangle) with the iconic Stormie Daie (@stormiedaie)! Fi...
02/27/2022

There’s still time to register for Drag Queen Story Hour (@dqshtriangle) with the iconic Stormie Daie (@stormiedaie)! Find the link for free registration in our bio!

In collaboration with the LGBT Center of Raleigh (@lgbtcenterofraleigh), VAE Raleigh will be hosting this free virtual reading event for children of all ages. Revisit African-American children’s stories that may be new to some and an old friend to others.

This storytime is hosted in conjunction with VAE Raleigh’s current exhibition, CREATING A HOME, NOT AN EMPIRE. Curated by Collaborative Curatorial Fellow, Alyssa Cuffie (@alwhyssa), this show explores black family storytelling and the ways we revisit our past.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-history-month-story-hour-tickets-262786129387

Start the countdown! We’re two days away from virtual Drag Queen Story Hour (@dqshtriangle) with the iconic Stormie Daie...
02/25/2022

Start the countdown! We’re two days away from virtual Drag Queen Story Hour (@dqshtriangle) with the iconic Stormie Daie (@stormiedaie)! Find the link for free registration in our bio!

In collaboration with the LGBT Center of Raleigh (@lgbtcenterofraleigh), VAE Raleigh will be hosting this free virtual reading event for children of all ages. Revisit African-American children’s stories that may be new to some and an old friend to others.

This storytime is hosted in conjunction with VAE Raleigh’s current exhibition, CREATING A HOME, NOT AN EMPIRE. Curated by Collaborative Curatorial Fellow, Alyssa Cuffie (@alwhyssa), this show explores black family storytelling and the ways we revisit our past.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-history-month-story-hour-tickets-262786129387

VAE Raleigh is looking for mixed media submissions that center the Black Culinary Experience. The untitled exhibition hi...
02/23/2022

VAE Raleigh is looking for mixed media submissions that center the Black Culinary Experience. The untitled exhibition highlights the embodiment of food as joy, liberation, and preservation through commensality and visual art.

We are seeking submissions by artists using any medium! We strongly encourage artists with disabilities, undocumented backgrounds, and members of historically marginalized communities to apply. A maximum of 2 works, per artist can be submitted and the work must be completed within the last 5 years. The exhibition will be juried by VAE staff as well as the exhibition steering committee. BCE will open early/mid-May and close at the end of July, 2022.

Deadline to submit is Monday, March 28th! Learn more about the call for art via the link in bio!

🎉 HEAR YE HEAR YE 🎉 We summon you to join us for Drag Queen Story Hour featuring the honorable Queen @stormiedaie !!! 👑I...
02/21/2022

🎉 HEAR YE HEAR YE 🎉 We summon you to join us for Drag Queen Story Hour featuring the honorable Queen @stormiedaie !!! 👑

In collaboration with @dqshtriangle and @blackchildrensbookweek, we’ll be hosting a FREE virtual story hour that will be fun for the whole family. 📚

Come hang out with us on Feb 27th at 2pm ❤️ Link in bio & in story to register.

Come celebrate with us tonight as we debut our Collaborative Curatorial Fellow's , Alyssa (@alwhyssa), exhibition! CREAT...
02/11/2022

Come celebrate with us tonight as we debut our Collaborative Curatorial Fellow's , Alyssa (@alwhyssa), exhibition! CREATING A HOME, NOT AN EMPIRE is a group exhibition exploring the co-creation of the black family home and process of remembering. Doors open at 6 PM and we invite you to come see the artwork and get lost in nostalgia!

The work in this exhibition invokes memories from the shared black experience as a form of history preservation. Every item within a home tells a story and this exhibition challenges you to decipher the narrative of each art piece for yourself.

Head to the link in our bio to learn more about the exhibition and how to see it!

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VAE Raleigh 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. Each year VAE exhibits the work of 1300+ artists in 60+ exhibitions and hosts a suite of educational programs that culminate in the annual Ignite Creativity Summit. VAE is also the force behind SPARKcon, an interdisciplinary creativity festival happening the third weekend of September in Downtown Raleigh. Come hangout with us 11am-6pm Wednesday-Friday, 11am-4pm Saturday, or on First Friday from 6-10pm.

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#Art: VAE Raleigh presents “Cuttin’ Up: The Black Culinary Experience”—the embodiment of food as joy, liberation, and preservation through commensality and visual art. The exhibition, running through July 22, combines contemporary local art and local Black history to create an experience that is both powerful and magical! Learn more about the #exhibit: https://bit.ly/3yGY4TC
#Art: VAE Raleigh presents “Cuttin’ Up: The Black Culinary Experience”—the embodiment of food as joy, liberation, and preservation through commensality and visual art. The exhibition, running through July 22, combines contemporary local art and local Black history to create an experience that is both powerful and magical! Learn more about the #exhibit: https://bit.ly/3yGY4TC
This weekend, local organizations & businesses are commemorating Juneteenth with celebrations across Downtown Raleigh ❤️💛💚 • John Chavis Memorial Park Juneteenth Jubilee | Now – Sat., June 18 • Celebrate Juneteenth at North Carolina Museum of History | Fri., June 17 • VAE Raleigh Cuttin' Up For Juneteenth | Fri., June 17 • Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2022 at Dorothea Dix Park | Sat., June 18 • Black Flea Market Juneteenth Shopper's Block Festival | Sat., June 18 • Juneteenth Weekend at the Pope House Museum | Sat., June 18 – Sun., June 19 Check out these events to get involved and read our Black-owned businesses guide here ⬇️ https://bit.ly/3oDmGIr
Cuttin’ Up for Juneteenth is a free, two-part event hosted in partnership with The City of Raleigh Museum, VAE Raleigh, RDU Black Professionals, and Studio Vibes. Start your weekend at VAE with exclusive conversations with Cuttin’ Up!: The Black Culinary Exerpience’s exhibiting artists CJ Murphy, Maria Geary, and Lennie Vernet during the Black Creatives Mixer. Then head next door to the City of Raleigh Museum for dancing, drinks, and more! Both events are free with registration. Must be 21+ to attend. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cuttin-up-for-juneteenth-mixer-happy-hour-tickets-356808452687
What’s more fun than a Gala?! How about three?! Team members celebrated several community gems at the St. Timothy's School - Raleigh, NC Night at the Barn Gala, the North Carolina Arts in Action Sparklers Gala and the VAE Raleigh Visionary Gala.
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Happy March! The first Newsletter of the month is here and has something for everyone! You can read it here: https://mailchi.mp/daaf99ea50bf/arts-access-news-events-5756020 There are so many wonderful things happening this month. Check out all the exciting workshops, artist opportunities and audio described events that are coming up! Join United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and us on March 10th for #BigNightin for the Arts on WRAL TV Register with us for the Engaging Virtual Learners as Teaching Artist webinar led by ComMotion The #GreatlakesADAcenter is having a webinar session on social media. The Kennedy Center is going to be having a workshop on supporting people with Long-Hall Covid-19 they are also looking for young solo musicians for their young soloist award program. Inspire Inclusion is inviting dancers, beginning through advanced to come take dance classes. #AutismsupportandAdvocacyCenter has a panel discussion coming up in their autistic perspective series. Triangle ArtWorks has a webinar that will go over copyright, trademark and right of publicity for Musicians. Team Trust Productions is looking to hire a graphic designer. VAE Raleigh is looking for on-call photographers. City of Raleigh - Government is looking for an artist to create artwork for the new fire station 3. North Carolina Museum of Art has their Art in Bloom Accessible Hour and their Art in Bloom Virtual Tour in American Sign Language coming up. North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance has a grand opening of their new training center coming up this month, all are welcome! North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has two events coming up, their natural sciences classroom: sssnakes! And their Accessible Dino Tours! The next Marbles Kids Museum sensory friendly night is coming up this month, make sure you register. ShaLeigh Dance Works is still looking for dancers! And don’t forget all of our Audio Described performances that are coming up! North Carolina Opera North Carolina Theater PlayMakers Repertory Company Garner Performing Arts Center Cape Fear Regional Theatre
#ART: Tomorrow, January 28 is your last chance to view VAE Raleigh's COSO 2021 Biennial at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.
#ART: Tomorrow, January 28 is your last chance to view VAE Raleigh's COSO 2021 Biennial at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.
#ART: VAE Raleigh is currently presenting the COSO 2021 Biennial through January 28 at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.
#ART: VAE Raleigh is currently presenting the COSO 2021 Biennial through January 28 at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.
#ART: VAE Raleigh is currently presenting the COSO 2021 Biennial through January 28 at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.
#ART: VAE Raleigh is currently presenting the COSO 2021 Biennial through January 28 at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.
#ART: VAE Raleigh is currently presenting the COSO 2021 Biennial through January 28 at their downtown gallery! “COSO” is short for Contemporary South, and brings together 21 artists from across the American Southeast as part of VAE Raleigh’s longest-running exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition: https://vaeraleigh.org/coso2021.