In spring 2021, a group of diverse artists came together to work with Mecklenburg County to transform an underutilized county building into the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Located on N. Tryon Street, the VAPA Center is a mecca for arts and live entertainment in the heart of downtown Charlotte featuring 5 galleries, 2-3 theaters, rehearsal space, practice space, and art studios for individual artists.

VAPA’s mission is to cultivate accessible exhibition and creative workspaces to inspire and to nurture the relationship between artists and the community.



Arthur  Rogers

Executive Director/Project/Property Manager

US Army Veteran and graduate of East Carolina University School of Art, Arthur Rogers has more than 25 years of experience as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Web Designer, Multimedia Specialist – [Photography, Videography, Editing and Motion Graphics], Social Media Content Strategists, Brand Manager, Print Specialist and Project Manager, plus 20 Years as a Post Secondary Education Instructor and Administrator.

Currently, Arthur is serving on the board of the Arts Empowerment Project, Co-Owner of 9189 Creative Services, LLC, and owner of Art Gear USA Apparel.

Jaz Brennan

Front Desk Receptionist

Artist, writer, acrobat – Jaz Brennan is a new recruit to the Charlotte area. Jaz has a deep passion for expression in whatever form it comes and is excited to be studying under all the amazing artists at VAPA. With a background in Cultural and Medical Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Jaz has found a love for humans and their work to understand the micro and macro worlds around us all.