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congratulations vapa – 2024 Vision Awards

CHARLOTTE, (April 3, 2024) – The VAPA Center was awarded a Trailblazer Award at the 16th Annual Vision Awards presented by Center City Partners.

The Trailblazer Award recognizes individuals, organizations, small businesses, or institutions that have been foundational to or were key community pioneers in Center City’s history.



It’s that time of year again! Our Waitlist IS open.
Join over 350 creatives who are part of The VAPA Center. We offer affordable studio space to many different artistic disciplines which include the visual and performing arts.
Our mission statement is at the forefront of what we offer:

“To cultivate accessible exhibition and creative workspaces to inspire and nurture the relationship between artists and the community.”

The application process is different this year and all applicants will be required to undergo a background check and application review.
Continue to follow us online for more information.
Please do not send emails or call to get on the list.
Good Luck!

Art, Everyday!

Mission Statement

“To Cultivate accessible exhibition and creative work spaces to inspire and nurture the relationship between artists and the community.”

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Art Galleries

Theater Spaces

Artists Studios

Arts Education

Artists Memberships & Volunteer Opportunities

VAPA is committed to providing low-cost studios and exhibition spaces for the visual and performing arts by raising funds via grants, individual donors, fundraising productions and festivals, Arts market days, and sponsorships from local companies.”

Home page photos by Michael Maxwell Photography

“We have great expectations for this project…”

“We have great expectations for this project. The location, directly across the street from the McColl Center and Charlotte Ballet facilities, will only benefit from the presence of more artists and visitors.

As they come and go, and present shows and events, the artists will take what is currently a lifeless space on N. Tryon and transform it into an area of creativity, energy and cultural engagement.”

– Mark Hahn, Director of Asset and Facility Management at Mecklenburg County and Project advisor


Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday 9 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday 9 am – 11pm
Sunday Noon – 9 pm