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

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 Charlotte International Arts Exchange, Co-Owner of 9189 Creative Services, LLC, and owner of Art Gear USA Apparel.



Courtney Pullom

Executive Assistant

Courtney was born and raised in South Carolina and is a recent transplant to Charlotte. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Courtney enjoys the arts in Charlotte and everything that they have to offer.




Derek dantinne

Operational support Manager

Originally from the D.C. area, Derek has call the Charlotte Metro area home for eighteen plus years. Derek has attended Savana College of Design (SCAD), has over twenty years experience in construction, renovation, maintenance and set building. Derek is also an artist, an active member of local meet up art groups and a supporter of all local arts.